November 3, 2017
Sarah Austin, policy analyst at the left-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy, said the changes would not provide any significant tax benefit to the typical Maine family.
November 2, 2017
AUGUSTA, MAINE (November 2, 2017) – U.S. House Republican leaders released tax legislation today that would give large tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations and threaten core services for working families and seniors.
November 2, 2017
According to statistics from the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the four least-populous counties in Maine – Franklin, Lincoln, Piscataquis and Washington – would see an average of 6.2 percent of their residents covered under expansion.
November 2, 2017
According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy 19 percent of the people who would receive health care from Medicaid expansion are disabled, but their disability isn’t severe enough to qualify them for Medicaid in the disabled category
October 31, 2017
Proponents, including the Maine Center for Economic Policy, maintain that the expansion will expand health coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers and create 6,000 jobs. The Maine Center for Economic Policy, according to its self-description, is a nonpartisan, policy research organization committed to helping Maine people prosper in a strong, fair and sustainable economy.
October 31, 2017
If expansion passes, the federal government will initially cover 94 percent of the cost. That ratchets down to 90 percent by 2020 and stays at that level. The Maine Center for Economic Policy projects that’s an injection of about $500 million from the feds per year. But Littlefield says there’s also a state cost.
October 27, 2017
"Question 4 is a simple bi-partisan solution to mend the Maine constitution to change the period time where we amortize or cover the loss for unfunded liabilities from 10 years to 20 years," said Marpheen Chann, the communications director at Maine Center for Economic Policy.
October 26, 2017
Right here in Knox and Waldo counties, the Maine Center for Economic Policy estimates there will be a $39 million impact on our local economy, with 367 new jobs created.
October 23, 2017
Ballot Issue 2 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care. Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.
October 23, 2017
In the second episode of MECEP’s podcast, our policy analyst James Myall joins us to explain the benefits of Medicaid Expansion in Maine—which includes expanding health coverage to 70,000 low-income Mainers and creating 6,000 jobs—and to fact check some of the claims made by opponents of Question 2 over the recent weeks.