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August 3, 2015

I will never forget one day when was in my late 20s, expecting my first baby. I happened to be alone with my grandmother in her tiny, gleaming kitchen. She paused, then asked gravely, “Now: have you put aside money …

July 30, 2015

Medicare at 50 7-30-2015 bannerHarry Truman was president when I was born. I was 13 years old on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Independence, Missouri to sign the new law creating Medicare, in the presence of former President Truman, …

July 29, 2015

Tomorrow, July 30, is a date of historic firsts.

In 1619, the House of Burgesses, America’s first elected governing assembly met for the first time in Virginia, just 12 years after the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown.

In 1792, …

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Featured Analyses and Commentary
Budget deal includes refundable tax credits for low- and moderate-income Mainers - June 30, 2015
“Combined with Maine’s circuit breaker property tax relief program, which was renamed and converted to a refundable income tax credit two years ago, there will now be substantial financial incentives for low-income Mainers to file an income tax return and receive refundable credits they have coming to them. read more
Latest Budget Deal modestly improves Maine’s tax system progressivity, future revenue adequacy less certain - June 16, 2015
Today, state legislators released details of a budget deal that, if passed, would avoid a state government shutdown. read more
Where tax fairness is concerned, the legislative Republicans’ tax plan is the worst of all - May 19, 2015
Republican legislators released their plan for overhauling Maine’s tax system last week. Yesterday MECEP posted a chart comparing the distributional impacts of the Republican and Democratic plans. read more
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Interview with Christy Daggett about MECEP testimony before the National Commission on Hunger
Workers, families, businesses will all benefit from higher minimum wage
2015 Kids Count shows Maine sinking lower into poverty
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