Eye on Augusta: Legislature Votes to Ban “Conversion Therapy,” Provide MaineCare Coverage for Abortions, Study the NECEC & More!

A 2012 U.S. Senate investigation found that for-profit colleges depend on taxpayer dollars for nearly all of their revenues, yet they overspend on advertising and CEO salaries. A study authored by the Center for Responsible Lending and the Maine Center for Economic Policy found that the median debt level for graduates of a Maine for-profit college is more than $21,000 for a two-year program, compared to less than $11,000 for a community college graduate. It also found that just 44 percent of Mainers who borrow for for-profit college make the payments. However, Assistant House Republican Leader Trey Stewart (R-Presque Isle) said his caucus opposed LD 103 out of concerns that it would put “a greater level of regulation and burdens” on trade schools.

Click here to read the full story, first published on May 16, 2019, in the Free Press.