Pandemic puts one-fourth of Mainers in struggle meeting household expenses

Recent census data analyzed by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows more than 250,000 Mainers had trouble paying for typical expenses like rent or mortgage, utilities, and food.

Maine fared better than the national average, which showed one-third of Americans facing household expense hardship.

“Maine’s economic situation is tied to its experience with the pandemic,” James Myall, economic policy analyst at the MECEP told The Center Square by email. “Mainers have taken the public health crisis seriously, with social distancing, mask usage, and other best practices to keep families and communities safe. “

Click here to read the full story, first published October 20, 2020, in the Center Square.