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May 4, 2016

James Myall 4-26-2016 websiteA new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) provides further confirmation of a depressing trend—hundreds of thousands of Mainers remain impoverished and food insecure. The LePage administration’s solution? To deny these individuals access to important programs …

April 28, 2016

Jody Harris blog 11-16-2015Just when you thought Congress has finally gotten something right, they disappoint once again.

I am talking about the national school meal programs. Congress assumed correctly that if more than 40% of students in a school automatically qualified for …

April 26, 2016

Megan Michaud blog 11-16-2015Workers without children – including non-custodial parents (who do not have custody of their children for the purposes of their tax filing) – are the only taxpayers that the federal tax code pushes into or deeper into poverty. Lawmakers in …

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MECEP: Jobs Report Confirms that Maine’s Recovery is Incomplete - May 20, 2016
One hundred months after the recession began, Maine is among a handful of states yet to reach pre-recession employment levels For a PDF version of this release, click here. read more
Policy Basic: Maine’s Unemployment Rate, More than Meets the Eye - May 17, 2016
“. . . despite an apparently-low official unemployment rate, there are still thousands of Mainers in jobs that don’t offer the hours they need and thousands more who have stopped looking for work due in part to limited job availability. read more
Economic Data Tell Consistent Story that Maine’s Recovery is Far From Complete - April 1, 2016
Despite the recent fanfare about Maine’s low headline employment rate, the state’s economy has still not fully recovered from the effects of the Great Recession, some eight years on. read more
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