MECEP 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.
Upside-down tax plan, missed opportunity, and unnecessary and harmful cuts in the governor’s budget proposal
January 13, 2017Sarah Austin At a time when Maine families are falling out of the middle-class, when experienced workers need new skills to secure good paying jobs in a modern economy, and when state infrastructure is in need of improvement and expansion, the state budget presents an opportunity to solve shared problems and return our quality of life to the way life should be.
February 15, 2017“The percentage of children living in deep poverty — family earnings of less than $10,000 a year — is growing faster in Maine than in any other state.
February 9, 2017“The governor’s office has not provided an analysis of how many Mainers will benefit from the property tax credit, but according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, 213,000 Maine homeowners are ‘at risk of higher property taxes’ if the exemption is repealed.
February 8, 2017“According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank, 912 families in Millinocket would see their property taxes skyrocket by $593 per year.
February 6, 2017“The Maine Center for Economic Policy however believes LePage’s priorities are upside-down and that implementing a plan that gives tax breaks to the rich would actually increase property taxes for 80% of Maine families.” by Brandon Doyer, WABI-TV, February 6, 2017 Monday in Augusta, Governor LePage outlined how his administration plans on saving the state money in his proposed budget.
February 6, 2017Interactive map from February 5, 2017 blog post, “To pay for tax cuts for the rich, LePage budget shifts tens of millions of dollars onto the backs of homeowners.” Use the map to find the impact of the governor’s proposal on property taxes in your city or town.
Property taxes will increase for 200,000 families in every part of the state under governor’s budget (map)
February 6, 2017Map from February 6, 2017 MECEP issue brief, “Governor LePage’s Proposed Cuts to Homestead Exemption Would Raise Property Taxes for Maine Homeowners.” Click on the map for a link to the full document.
To pay for tax cuts for the rich, LePage budget shifts tens of millions of dollars onto the backs of homeowners
February 6, 2017James Myall Governor LePage’s budget proposal offers tax breaks worth $23,000 annually to Maine’s 1%, while asking homeowners to pay an average of $300 more in already historically-high property taxes.
February 2, 2017“The centerpiece of the governor’s budget is an upside-down tax plan that gives a $22,650 average tax cut to the top 1 percent while increasing taxes on average for the 80 percent of Maine families who make less than $92,000 annually.
January 20, 2017Health coverage for 95,000 Mainers and improvements for businesses, consumers, and providers at risk Augusta, Maine (Friday, January 20, 2017) The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) today released a detailed analysis of the economic impacts of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Mainers.
January 18, 2017Sarah Austin, Maine Beacon, January 18, 2017 At a time when Maine families are falling out of the middle-class, when experienced workers need new skills to secure good paying jobs in a modern economy, and when state infrastructure is in need of improvement and expansion, the state budget presents an opportunity to solve shared problems and return our quality of life to the way life should be.