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.
March 24, 2017for a link to the podcast, click here. for a link to the report, “Lost Federal Funds: Lost Opportunities for Maine,” click here. This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss a new report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy showing how the government of Maine has forfeited or ignored more than $1.9 billion in federal funding since 2011 that could have gone to health care, economic development and other state priorities, at a cost of nearly 5,000 jobs annually.
March 23, 2017Revenue 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.
WZON Interview with Jody Harris about her new report, “Lost Federal Funds: Lost Opportunities for Maine”
March 22, 2017Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed Jody Harris about her new report, “Lost Federal Funds: Lost Opportunities for Maine,” click here. For the report itself, click here,
March 21, 2017“The Maine Center for Economic Policy says it undertook the study to bring together scattered reports about grants not sought and available funds not accessed by the state.
March 21, 2017PDF of the press release click here Declined federal funds include Medicaid expansion, children’s health insurance, public works infrastructure, nutrition assistance, and other priorities Augusta, Maine (March 21, 2017) New analysis released today by the nonpartisan Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) finds that over $1.9 billion in available federal funds that the state has forfeited since 2011 could have helped protect health and well-being, promote tax fairness, and boost Maine’s economy.
March 21, 2017Since 2011, Maine has forfeited over $1.9 billion in available federal resources that could have helped protect Mainers’ health and well-being, promote tax fairness, and boost the state’s economy.
March 16, 2017“The Trump budget is really a disaster from our perspective, and nothing more than a down payment on tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else,” said Garrett Martin, executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
March 16, 2017James Myall President Trump’s budget proposal, unveiled on Thursday, would have dramatic and detrimental effects on Mainers across the state, as it eliminates or reduces federal spending on a number of critical programs that help Maine build a strong economy and vibrant, thriving communities.
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.