Maine is renowned for the productivity and strong work ethic of its labor force. To find and advance in well-paying jobs, Mainers must have a good education, preferably including college or other post-secondary degrees and certifications. In order to grow and compete in the national and global economies, Maine businesses need workers with the training and skills of the 21st century. MECEP research and analysis assist policymakers in assessing the effectiveness of specific programs and determining budget priorities. We also strive to identify policies that will make post-secondary education and job training more affordable and enable those seeking to advance their education to overcome obstacles like the cost of child care.
Education and Workforce Development
October 25, 2016A “yes” vote on Question 2 is a vote for Maine students, a vote for tax fairness and a vote for the economy. by Sarah Austin, Bangor Daily News, October 26, 2016 Maine people know how important education is for our kids and economy.
Oppose the Governor’s Efforts to Repeal Voter Approved Funding for Education and to Give Tax Breaks to the Rich Paid for by Mainers with Income below $92,000
February 3, 2017Here are three reasons why Maine lawmakers should reject Governor LePage’s FY18/19 budget proposal: 1. Ignoring the Will of Maine Voters The governor’s proposed state budget completely eliminates Question 2—the ballot initiative passed by voters in November that would increase state funding for our public schools by asking only those making over $200,000 to pay a little more.
Maine College Affordability Gap Analysis: Dependent Students, Four Years at University of Maine System
January 23, 2017Graphic referenced in testimony in support of LD 32, An Act to An Act to Increase the Size of Grants under the Maine State Grant Program, click here.
January 12, 2017The bipartisan Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity interviews Garrett Martin about the recent successful referendum campaigns to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 and hour by 2020 and to add a three percent income tax surcharge on annual income above $200,000.
November 26, 2016The electorate chose policies that invest in our communities, our schools and our workers. Mainers want change that benefits working people. That’s the lesson from this year’s election results.
Mainers vote for MECEP-backed initiatives to raise the minimum wage, rollback tax breaks for the wealthy to fund education
November 15, 2016Mark Sullivan On November 8th, Maine voters approved two referendum questions the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) strongly supported and for which we provided critical research and analytical support.
WVOM interview with Garrett Martin about the passage of Question 2, rolling back recent tax breaks to increase funding for Maine schools
November 9, 2016Co-hosts Ric Tyler and George Hale, interviewed MECEP executive director Garrett Martin on WVOM-AM/FM’s George Hale-Ric Tyler program about the passage of Question 2, rolling back recent tax breaks for the wealthy to increase funding for Maine schools.
November 3, 2016WGAN Morning News host Matt Gagon and guest host Spencer Thibodeau moderate a debate between MECEP’s Garrett Martin and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro about referendum Question 2, the Stand Up for Students initiative scheduled for vote on November 8, 2016.
November 2, 201694 percent of Maine students will go to better funded schools once Question 2 passes, and it will increase on average the state contribution to schools by $918 per student, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.