September 20, 2017
Tens of thousands of Mainers have come together to ask Maine voters to approve an expansion of Maine’s Medicaid program (known as MaineCare) to more than 70,000 of their neighbors living in, or near, poverty.
September 19, 2017
The State of Working Maine 2017 presents a comprehensive analysis of the economic, demographic, and workforce trends that impact the quality and quantity of jobs in Maine.
September 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2017 CONTACT: Marpheen Chann mchann@mecep.org (207) 620-1128 MECEP Report: State lawmakers must chart a different course to overcome Maine’s “elusive” economic recovery Rural Maine suffered a seven-year recession between 2006 to 2013 and has lost more than 40,000 middle wage jobs since 2001   AUGUSTA, MAINE (September 19, 2017) – The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) today released its report, the State of Working Maine 2017, revealing that Maine continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession.
September 19, 2017
In most of our counties, hospitals are the biggest employers. However, as noted in an analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, hospitals have been hurt by not expanding Medicaid, called MaineCare. In recent years, Maine hospitals have been admitting fewer people with Medicaid and the number without any insurance has increased.
September 12, 2017
Opponents of Medicaid expansion have no new arguments to offer, so they are resorting to fighting over the past. The evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of Medicaid expansion, so opponents rely on alternative facts, distortions and misrepresentations.
September 11, 2017
By Lee Webb, Special to the BDN • September 6, 2017 It seems like forever since it fell to three Republican senators — including Maine’s Susan Collins — to join with Democrats to stop efforts to take health care away from millions of Americans.
September 5, 2017
When contrasted with the tax breaks the top 2 percent of Mainers will enjoy over the next two years, the increased school funding looks like less of a victory for schools and more like a consolation prize.
September 4, 2017
People of prime working age have dropped out of the workforce at levels not previously seen by labor economists, especially outside greater Portland. According to a forthcoming study by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, just under 30 percent of 25- to 54-year-olds without a college degree in rural Maine have dropped out of the workforce, twice the 15 percent rate in 1997.
September 1, 2017
In this issue: What you need to know about Medicaid Expansion Op-Ed: Maine consumers may lose their right to challenge big banks unfair lending practices Pine Tree Development Zones fail to create quality jobs in areas of need  Featured Blog Post: #DefendDACA: Dreamers are good for jobs and the economy MECEP Mentions  MECEP welcomes new board members To read the full issue, click here.
August 28, 2017
By Jody Harris, Special to the BDN   If you’re like most people, chances are you’ve signed a bank or credit card agreement without reading the fine print.