Lawmakers should use surplus revenue to help Mainers who need it most

Bangor Daily News

“Policies that get cash in the hands of the households that need it most have been central to reducing economic harm and fueling a faster recovery. Maine lawmakers, following the commitment of the governor, should use this moment to boost incomes of the people struggling most with higher costs, particularly seniors and households with low income, the latter of which, due to systemic racism, are disproportionately Black, brown and Indigenous. And by strengthening our public supports, policymakers can empower more Mainers to balance work, parenting and the impacts of COVID-19.”

Click here to read the full op-ed by MECEP director of policy and research Sarah Austin, first published December 20, 2021 in the Bangor Daily News.