Mills touts one-time payment in address, glosses over housing, overdose, climate crises


Some progressive groups criticized the proposal for not prioritizing those Mainers most in need at a time when Maine has seen a dramatic increase in wealth among the state’s highest earners. The surplus state revenue is partially a result of that increase in inequality.

“We can do better than a blind payment that goes to everyone regardless of their ability to weather the storm we’re in. At half the cost, we can lift up people who are falling behind while also making important investments in our communities,” Garrett Martin, president of the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), said in a statement.

Click here to read the full story, first published February 11, 2022 in Beacon.