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March 22, 2019

Many of the most important services are provided at the local level. Things like public safety, road maintenance, education, parks, and libraries support our economy and make our communities better places to live.

To help pay for those critical local …

March 18, 2019

Efforts to weaken Maine’s minimum wage are perennial objects of consideration in the Maine Legislature. Most often, lawmakers rejects these efforts out of hand — and for good reason. Previous legislatures have recognized that there is no evidence to suggest …

March 14, 2019

Maine’s Legislature is considering a bill that would incrementally eliminate Maine’s income tax. While there is little likelihood of the bill becoming law, it’s critical to note how such proposals would harm our state now and in the future.

Eliminating …

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Featured Analyses and Commentary
Analysis: Legislature must raise revenue to fill shortfalls from LePage-era tax cuts - February 28, 2019
Summary: Click here to read this complete policy brief For years, Maine has fallen short on its commitments to fund public schools and make robust investments in our local communities. read more
Policy Brief: Predatory actors worsen borrowers’ woes as education debt holds back Maine’s economy - December 10, 2018
Summary: Higher education is a boon to graduates and Maine’s economy. It increases degree holders’ lifetime earnings, improves business competitiveness, and spurs consumer spending. read more
Policy Brief — Wealthy Mainers have deep roots: Why taxes don’t spur interstate moves - October 15, 2018
  Summary: Mainers want to live in thriving communities with good schools, affordable housing, safe roads, reliable public services and good jobs. read more
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