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January 26, 2016

James Myall website

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.

The latest …

January 19, 2016

James Myall websiteIt’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 …

January 11, 2016

Garrett Martin blog 11-16-2015Last 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, …

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Focus on sales tax increases obscures the reality of a better deal for Maine people - January 11, 2016
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
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WGAN interview with Garrett Martin about changes to state and federal earned income tax credit and the bipartisan 2015 state budget agreement
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