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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July 20, 2017
Maine has a rich history of health care policy innovation, although it was the ACA that finally brought down the uninsured rate. An older, rural population means no guarantees.
July 12, 2017
In Maine, nearly 60 percent of public family planning funding is from Medicaid — the very funding Congress is threatening to withhold from Planned Parenthood — and 49 percent of the revenue for services provided at the health centers come from federal sources, primarily Medicaid.
July 7, 2017
New MECEP report, Republican House and Senate Health Care Plans Jeopardize Access to Essential Preventive Health Care, analyzes impacts on Maine women and families from the proposed one-year prohibition of federal Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.
June 28, 2017
“Let’s start with the obvious: State employees will lose wages that generate $2.5 million in daily economic impact, according to an analysis ( from the liberal Maine Center for Economic Policy, with $944,000 of that in Kennebec County alone.” by Michael Shepherd, Bangor Daily News, June 28, 2017 With no agreement in sight on a two-year budget in the Maine Legislature, the state is as close to a government shutdown as it has been since 1991.
June 26, 2017
6 26 17 MECEP report PRESS RELEASE_Final For a PDF version of this release, click here.
June 26, 2017
MECEP – AHCA_report – Executive Summary – 06-26-17 – FINAL 729 PM   click here to download the PDF click here for a link to the full report
June 26, 2017
A new analysis of the House and Senate health care proposals by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) finds that repealing the ACA in favor of either the House or Senate plan would have dire consequences for Maine people and communities.
June 23, 2017
  As the state’s two year budget comes due, Republican lawmakers continue to hold negotiations hostage over demands to repeal the voter approved 3% surcharge on household income over $200,000.
June 22, 2017
Sarah Austin is a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The head of the group helped write the ballot question that imposed the surcharge. 
June 15, 2017
“Mainers went to the polls in November fed up with tax cuts for the wealthy shortchanging our schools,” said Sarah Austin of the liberal-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy in a statement.