February 20, 2018
According to an analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, payments to municipalities have been reduced by $602 million between 2011 and 2019 because of these cuts.
February 16, 2018
James Myall On Tuesday, Maine’s Speaker of the House, Sara Gideon, presented a bill to reduce poverty by expanding access to education and job training. The legislation will lift Mainers out of poverty and increase participants’ lifetime earnings — the knock-on effect of which will support Maine’s economy at large.
February 8, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feburary 8, 2018 CONTACT: Mario Moretto, Communications Director mario@mecep.org (207) 620-1101 Amended bill would still undermine Maine’s minimum wage law, says MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted 7-6 to reject a bill, LD 1757, that would cut Mainers wages now and in the future.
February 7, 2018
James Myall A bill before the Maine Legislature would cut wages for roughly 19,000 Mainers this year. It would do so by changing the state’s overtime rules to exclude more working-class Mainers from eligibility for time-and-a-half pay.
January 29, 2018
“A year after the first wage increase went into effect, it appears that is exactly what is happening. Meanwhile, there is little evidence that the dire predictions of opponents are coming true.
January 26, 2018
UPDATED: This blog post was updated on February 5, 2018, to reflect the latest analysis from Maine Revenue Services. Sarah Austin This year, state legislators will face so-called “tax conformity” proposals that give them a clear choice: Will Maine enact the same disastrous, lopsided policies enacted by Congress with the Trump Tax Plan, or will we create our own path toward a tax code that meets the needs of all Mainers?
January 24, 2018
James Myall According to a recent MECEP analysis, the recent voter-approved minimum wage law is working. Workers’ paychecks are growing, and job growth continues at a steady clip.
January 17, 2018
A Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) analysis indicates that health-care expansion has many benefits. It would create jobs, help residents avoid medical expenses related to preventable health conditions, save hospitals money on charity care, and provide critical treatment for people suffering from substance abuse—a statewide public health crisis.
January 16, 2018
Every day someone in Maine dies from a drug-related overdose. More disturbing, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, accidental deaths from drug overdoses rose by 577 percent between 2000 and 2015.
January 10, 2018
This Op-Ed was originally published in the Bangor Daily News. Click here to see the original publication.  By MECEP Policy Analyst Sarah Austin Pine Tree Development Zones, one of Maine’s many tax breaks for corporations, is set to expire at the end of 2018, and lawmakers are starting to discuss whether to extend it.