Legislative Priorities

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March 22, 2017
“Our primary reason for supporting this bill is the need for more transparency from the executive branch and the department. We believe Maine needs to do better. Mainers have a right to know how their money is being spent – or why it is being turned away.

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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March 23, 2017
Revenue sharing is an important ingredient in a comprehensive approach to property taxes. Homestead exemption helps export property taxes to second home owners, the old circuit breaker program and now the property tax fairness credit help families with housing costs that are a high percent of their income, and revenue sharing helps lower state wide property taxes because we’ve recognized that our communities stretch beyond the towns we live in.
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March 22, 2017
“Our primary reason for supporting this bill is the need for more transparency from the executive branch and the department. We believe Maine needs to do better.
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March 20, 2017
“Now that Question 2 is law, Maine has a bona fide path to fully funding education in 2018 and the wealthiest 1% of Maine households still pay a lower effective tax rate than the middle 75% of Maine families.
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March 7, 2017
“Those who benefit under an economic development policy should include Maine families who are most harmed by depressed economic conditions. Whether this is through new jobs or improved local economic conditions, these programs should be able to measurably show that they are helping lift up Maine families left behind by economic recession and industry upheaval.” For a PDF of this testimony as presented, click here.
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February 27, 2017
“The primary beneficiaries of complete elimination of state income tax for MainePERS pension are likely to be wealthier households. Ultimately, these outcomes would subvert rather than enhance efforts to boost the economic security of struggling retirees and come at too high a price.” For a PDF of this testimony as delivered, click here.
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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.