Beyond the data, the analyses, the public policies, and the rhetoric are real Maine families who seek jobs that pay well, incomes that not only cover the bills but allow them to save for the future, provide opportunities to move up the ladder of success, and ensure quality affordable health care, security in old age, and better, more prosperous lives for themselves and their kids. MECEP’s work strives to serve these Maine families. Working with our progressive partners we provide critical research, analysis, and public policy recommendations, promote our efforts through traditional and new media, and advise policy makers and opinion leaders on issues important to Maine families.
January 18, 2017Garrett Martin The Maine Sunday Telegram’s (MST) recently published, above the fold, front page story on the impacts of Governor LePage’s tax plan comes up short in its analysis of the costs and benefits to Maine families of the LePage tax plan.
February 24, 2017“Longtime tax analyst Albert DiMillo, a retired accountant and tax director for Bath Iron Works, said the governor’s proposal would result in an average property tax increase of $320, a figure roughly equivalent to an estimate by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, and result in a ‘windfall for the top 1 percent’ of income earners.” by Andy O’Brien (Rockland) Free Press, February 235, 2017 Legislative committees in Augusta are continuing to hold hearings on Gov.
Testimony in Opposition to Parts ZZZ, EEEE, FFFF, GGGG, HHHH, JJJJ, and KKKK of the Governor’s Proposed Budget, LD 390
February 22, 2017The governor’s budget proposal presents you with a series of false choices – between protecting the most vulnerable elderly and disabled Mainers, and providing health care for those in poverty; between helping Mainers into work and providing them with government assistance.
February 21, 2017The proposal to further restrict MaineCare eligibility is short-sighted and dangerous. It puts the health of almost 25,000 Mainers at risk, increases the financial strain on our hospitals, and reduces the long-term strength of Maine’s economy.
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.
MECEP Weighs in at Key Budget Hearing: “The Governor’s Budget Defies the Interests and Will of Maine People”
February 10, 2017Lawmakers Hear How Governor’s Budget Will Benefit the Rich at the Expense of Maine Kids, Families, and Communities To view this release as a PDF, click here.
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 9, 2017“If the ACA were repealed without a replacement, approximately 95,000 Mainers would lose health insurance and costs to hospitals would increase by $475 million, according to Maine Center for Economic Policy.” by Andy O’Brien, (Rockland) Free Press, February 9, 2017 Last week, Gov.
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 8, 2017The 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 6, 2017“The Maine Center for Economic Policy says the top 1 percent of taxpayers will get an average overall tax cut of $23,000 a year, but argues that 4 out of every 5 families will see a tax increase.” Mal Leary, Maine Public, February 6, 2017 The proverbial “sausage making” is underway at the State House as lawmakers begin the long, often contentious process of crafting a two-budget.