To your health

Gubernatorial Scorecard
By EDITORIAL  |  March 2, 2011

Here's our second Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.

SHORT-TERM FISCAL SENSE | LePage's supplementary budget included $70 million in state payments to hospitals for care provided between 2006 and 2009, triggering $178 million in federal matching payments.
POLITICS • Paying old debt is a good GOP move | 9/10 POLICY • Provides much-needed cash to hospitals, which can slow health-care price increases | 9/10

LONG-TERM FISCAL SENSE | LePage's biennial budget mostly preserves education funding, cuts income taxes, sharply reduces social-service funding, slashes state-employee pension payments, and outright bans borrowing without legislative approval.
POLITICS • Aggressively fiscally conservative in tough economic times | 6/10 POLICY • Tea Party principles — and lack of understanding and foresight — plainly in evidence | 2/10

REGULATORY SENSE | He has rolled back some of his most controversial environmental-protection rollback proposals, reserving the right to implement them in the future. This may include politicizing the Department of Environmental Protection, and playing a heavier hand in the rule-making processes that put laws into action.
POLITICS • Finally, he takes some fuel off the fire — without actually backing down | 7/10 POLICY • Still the same goals, just better hidden from public view | 2/10

SCIENCE SENSE | LePage made nationwide headlines by minimizing the dangers of BPA, a plastic additive that may cause long-term hormone problems, in a vivid way: "the worst case is some women may have little beards."
POLITICS • Even supporters aren't likely big fans of bearded ladies | 3/10 POLICY • That's actually a pretty good argument for why BPA should be banned | 5/10

PERSONNEL SENSE | Dr. Dora Mills, a longtime state public-health official, was fired as part of the realignment of the Department of Health and Human Services. The move, and official statements suggesting the administration was trying to keep a lid on the news, drew outcry from people who complained that Mills is very qualified.
POLITICS • Firing a longtime Baldacci crony is a good move | 7/10 POLICY • Baldacci's Health and Human Services operation was a management and fiscal disaster; cleaning house is very smart | 10/10

This month's total | Politics 32/50 | Policy 28/50 | Last month: Politics 24/50 | Policy 19/50 | Overall: Politics 56/100 | Policy 47/100

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