Maine Economy

July 27, 2017
James Myall, Policy Analyst New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies.

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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February 8, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feburary 8, 2018 CONTACT: Mario Moretto, Communications Director (207) 620-1101 Amended bill would still undermine Maine’s minimum wage law, says MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted 7-6 to reject a bill, LD 1757, that would cut Mainers wages now and in the future.
January 24, 2018
James Myall According to a recent MECEP analysis, the recent voter-approved minimum wage law is working. Workers’ paychecks are growing, and job growth continues at a steady clip.
January 10, 2018
This Op-Ed was originally published in the Bangor Daily News. Click here to see the original publication.  By MECEP Policy Analyst Sarah Austin Pine Tree Development Zones, one of Maine’s many tax breaks for corporations, is set to expire at the end of 2018, and lawmakers are starting to discuss whether to extend it.
January 8, 2018
James Myall Wage and employment gains during the first six months of 2017 reveal that Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage increase has not hurt the state’s economy as the referendum’s opponents warned it would.
January 2, 2018
MECEP reported that Maine’s minimum wage increase’s benefits aren’t limited to those who earn the minimum wage. “Other low-income Mainers will see their salaries increase as a result of the well-documented ‘spillover effect,’ in which employers raise salaries for other workers as pay scales are adjusted to reflect the new wage floor set at the state level,” the organization stated.
January 2, 2018
The Maine Center for Economic Policy stated in a Dec. 29 news release that about 59,000 Mainers will benefit from the increase. The organization said in the news release that the increase will result in about a $1,349 annual pay raise for each minimum-wage worker and statewide wages will increase $79.6 million in 2018.
January 2, 2018
James Myall Another year has come and gone with no sign that the pace of drug related deaths – more than one a day – is slowing.
January 1, 2018
Most Maine workers already earn more than minimum wage, but there are still jobs in retail, fast food and convenience stores that are at near that level.
December 30, 2017
In a news release last week, the liberal-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy said the minimum wage increase would affect about 59,000 Mainers, about one out of every 10 workers in the state.
December 29, 2017
The Maine Center for Economic Policy says the economic benefits of the wage hike aren’t just limited to those earning minimum wage. By Brandon Doye, WABI Channel 5 Last year, Maine’s minimum wage was increased from $7.50 to $9.00 an hour.