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.
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 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.
January 8, 2018
James Myall Wage and employment gains during the first six months of 2017 reveal that Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage increase has not hurt the state’s economy as the referendum’s opponents warned it would.
January 2, 2018
MECEP reported that Maine’s minimum wage increase’s benefits aren’t limited to those who earn the minimum wage. “Other low-income Mainers will see their salaries increase as a result of the well-documented ‘spillover effect,’ in which employers raise salaries for other workers as pay scales are adjusted to reflect the new wage floor set at the state level,” the organization stated.
January 2, 2018
The Maine Center for Economic Policy stated in a Dec. 29 news release that about 59,000 Mainers will benefit from the increase. The organization said in the news release that the increase will result in about a $1,349 annual pay raise for each minimum-wage worker and statewide wages will increase $79.6 million in 2018.
January 2, 2018
James Myall Another year has come and gone with no sign that the pace of drug related deaths – more than one a day – is slowing.