Declining Economic Opportunity and a Shrinking Safety Net: Consequences for Maine

There is recent evidence suggesting that progress has been made on some of these trends. The Maine Center for Economic Policy’s State of Working Maine: 2019 report found that earnings in the state are on the rise, while poverty rates in the state are declining. But much work still needs to be done to make economic opportunity and prosperity more broadly shared across the state. However, for those who continue to struggle, the safety net that often helps citizens recover and rebound during moments of economic disruption has become less generous over time.

Click here to read the full story, first published April 23, 2020, in Maine Policy Review.