The latest figures released by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reinforce a persistent trend for Maine’s economy. The state continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession, and the labor market, in particular, lags behind.
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It’s hard to imagine a tax that people would line up to pay; a tax so enticing it would be the topic of conversation week after week. But that’s exactly what the Maine State Lottery is; and what’s more, it’s …
Last year’s budget deal reduced taxes for 83% of Mainers. But the changes don’t happen all at once. And as the Maine media has reported, new sales taxes, potentially some of the least popular provisions of the bipartisan deal, …Visit MECEP's Blog
Last year’s budget deal reduced taxes for 83% of Mainers. But the changes don’t happen all at once. read more Is DHHS SNAP mismanagement putting Maine families at risk of hunger? - December 15, 2015
In a blistering editorial published in today’s Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, MaineToday Media condemned the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), earning the dubious distinction of “worst administered in the whole country, ranking 53rd out of 53,” according to the U.S. read more Shop ‘til you drop ― It’s no holiday for retail workers - December 2, 2015
by Jody Harris Too many Mainers today work too few hours for too low pay. The data show over and over and over how part-time, low-wage, and benefit-less jobs trap people in poverty, make it hard for working families to pay their bills, and discourage their aspirations for education and opportunity. read more