Advocates say projected revenue surplus should be spent on housing, childcare and other social services

“The state can use this surplus to remove barriers that currently hold people back from fully participating in and benefiting from our economy,” said Sarah Austin, director of policy and research at Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP). “The legislature has already identified affordable housing along with low wages in education, child care, and direct care as problem areas that can be turned around with more funding. Maine has the resources to take on these challenges and should prioritize these issues when the legislature returns in January.”

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