Maine Families

MST - MECEP Correction 2
January 18, 2017
Garrett 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.

Maine FamiliesBeyond 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.

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March 27, 2017
A recent data analysis shows that the percentage of Maine children living in deep poverty — defined as living on less than $10,000 a year for a family of three — has increased at a rate eight times greater than the national average, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
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March 22, 2017
Don 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,
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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.
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March 21, 2017
PDF 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.
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March 21, 2017
Since 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.
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March 21, 2017
Since 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.
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March 20, 2017
“Representatives from the Maine Center for Economic Policy also testified against the bill. They claim the wealthiest 1% of Maine households will still pay a lower effective tax rate than 75% of Maine’s middle class families.” by Taylor Kinzler, WABI-TV, March 21, 2017 Eliminating Maine’s 3% surtax on the state’s highest earners.
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March 20, 2017
Augusta, Maine (Monday, March 20, 2017) State legislators on the taxation committee will hold a public hearing today on several bills that would roll back the tax to pay for education enacted under Question 2, the ballot initiative passed by Maine voters in November 2016.
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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.
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March 15, 2017
“The Maine Center for Economic Policy said older and lower-income Mainers would be particularly hard hit by the current repeal plan. “James Myall, health analyst for the center, said residents in Hancock, Washington and Aroostook counties have the highest health insurance premiums.