Maine Economy

April 3, 2017
Imagine you’re a cashier at the height of flu season and three of your coworkers called in sick on a Saturday afternoon—one of the busiest times of the week. Lines are long, customers are grumpy, and your efforts to keep the line moving prevent you from being as personable as you would be under other circumstances. Despite circumstances beyond your control customers keep docking your pay. Through no fault of your own, and even though you’re doing more work, you’re going to get less pay at the end of the day.

Maine Economy 11-6-2014MECEP monitors the pulse of Maine’s economy through research and analysis of trends in employment and jobs, incomes and wages, and other key indicators. We use our findings to assess proposed legislation and regulations, craft policy recommendations, advance initiatives that will benefit the prosperity and quality of life of Maine families, and counter efforts that yield disproportionately high benefits to out-of-state corporate interests and those in the highest income brackets. Policymakers, opinion leaders, media, advocates, and others rely on the credibility and thoroughness of MECEP’s analyses to inform their decisions and facilitate their discussions of crucial public policy matters. References to and citations from our work routinely appear in news reports, editorials and other commentary, and deliberations in public debates.

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May 25, 2017
From 2011 to 2015, the proportion of Maine children living in extreme poverty, family earnings of less than $10,000 per year, grew at eight times the national average, according to data from the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
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May 18, 2017
Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed James Myall about new analysis from the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) which demonstrates that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as passed by the US House of Representatives, would undermine every part of the health care system in rural areas including most of Maine.
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May 17, 2017
A convention such as this threatens our constitution and the protections it affords to our most fundamental rights. It will hurt Mainers’ economic security and have disastrous consequences for our state’s economy.
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May 15, 2017
Fewer and fewer Maine families are aided by TANF, a federal block grant program intended to help vulnerable people get on their feet, even as the state poverty rate has climbed.
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May 13, 2017
“Federal student loan borrowers can exercise an array of options from income-driven repayment plans to discharges for disability. Unfortunately, the worst student loan servicers purposely fail to advise borrowers of these options instead keeping their customers in high-cost payment plans on which they are doomed to default.
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May 11, 2017
James Myall For the last seven years, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  policies have contributed to the disturbing escalation in child poverty and stashed or misappropriated tens of millions of federal dollars intended for Maine children.
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May 10, 2017
We need to ensure that the benefits of immigration are available to all parts of Maine. It’s fair to acknowledge that many Maine towns just lack the resources to easily support translators, adult education classes, or career navigators.
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May 10, 2017
Gideon claims the number of Maine children in extreme poverty — families living at 50 percent of the federal poverty level of $10,000 per year for a family of three or lower — is increasing eight times faster than the national average.
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May 8, 2017
A prosperous future for Maine and a robust economy requires more middle-wage jobs with good benefits and working conditions that are compatible with family life. Maine cannot survive as an economy with a few people with good wages and benefits and the rest who struggle to provide for basic necessities.
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May 5, 2017
The bill also received the support of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, State Director of the Maine Community College System Jim McGowan, Gilda Nardone of New Ventures Maine and Carla Dickstein, senior vice president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.