Legislative Priorities

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February 21, 2017
The proposal to further restrict MaineCare eligibility is short-sighted and dangerous. It puts the health of almost 25,000 Mainers at risk, increases the financial strain on our hospitals, and reduces the long-term strength of Maine’s economy.

Legislative PrioritiesEach year, in addition to our work to promote fair progressive tax and budget policies, MECEP identifies specific legislative objectives: measures we will work with legislators and our progressive partners to propose and advance, bills we will seek to modify to make them more effective in promoting economic justice, and legislative initiatives that we will work with legislators and allies to defeat in order to protect the interests of families and our values of fairness and shared prosperity. A key component of this effort is the testimony we provide to legislative committees.

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February 22, 2017
The governor’s budget proposal presents you with a series of false choices – between protecting the most vulnerable elderly and disabled Mainers, and providing health care for those in poverty; between helping Mainers into work and providing them with government assistance.
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February 21, 2017
The proposal to further restrict MaineCare eligibility is short-sighted and dangerous. It puts the health of almost 25,000 Mainers at risk, increases the financial strain on our hospitals, and reduces the long-term strength of Maine’s economy.
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February 10, 2017
These proposed tax changes would stand in the way of building thriving communities and a strong Maine economy. There is a direct correlation between state resources and the ability to be proactive in making the kind of investments that lay the foundations for a strong economy. 
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February 6, 2017
“Part G of the governor’s budget would repeal the homestead exemption and increase property taxes for an estimated 213,000 Maine homeowners by more than $300 on average.
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February 3, 2017
Here 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.
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February 3, 2017
Governor LePage’s FY18/19 budget proposal would eliminate the Homestead Exemption property tax relief program for resident homeowners under 65 years of age. This is a bad idea.
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January 23, 2017
for a PDF of this testimony, click here. January 23, 2017 Good afternoon, Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield, and members of the Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.
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October 18, 2016
We, the undersigned consumer, labor, business, senior, economic justice, and community organizations from Maine, urge you to protect Maine’s low-income families, especially women, senior citizens, minority families, and veterans and members of our armed forces who are the target of payday lenders.
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September 12, 2016
The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) filed this comment in response to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s proposed rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans.
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April 13, 2016
MECEP urges you to protect Maine children, safeguard child care facilities, and continue to infuse our state economy with these federal funds.   PDF version April 13, 2016 Hon Senator David C.