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August 19, 2016
Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

This November, Mainers will vote on an initiative that would gradually raise Maine’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $12 an hour by 2020. The effects of the initiative would be broad, including raising wages for 1 in 3 …

August 15, 2016
James Myall

James Myall

Conservative fiscal policies at the state and national level have been a key cause of the lackluster economic recovery following the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). EPI’s findings are especially …

August 10, 2016
Jack Weiss

Jack Weiss

With summer beginning to wind down, thousands of Mainers are getting ready to go back to school. This September, Maine’s post-secondary schools—colleges, universities, and community colleges across the state—are preparing for an influx of students as Maine’s high …

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Restoring the Value of Work (full report) - August 17, 2016
This November, Maine voters will consider a ballot initiative to raise the state minimum wage incrementally to $12 an hour by 2020 and gradually increase the subminimum wage for tipped workers until it equals the minimum wage for non-tipped workers by 2026. read more
Our failure to invest in higher education is a drag on the economy, our well-being - June 28, 2016
In recent weeks, high schools from Kittery to Fort Kent have bestowed hundreds of diplomas on the Class of 2016. read more
Submit comments to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau on proposed rule designed to ban abusive lending practices - June 6, 2016
The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) urges Maine individuals and organizations to submit comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) about its proposed rule designed to ban abusive lending practices that saddle consumers in Maine and nationwide with crushing debt.  read more
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WZON Interview with Sarah Austin about Impact of Proposed $12 Minimum Wage on Maine Women
MECEP Statement on Maine’s July 2016 Employment Data
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