Rent relief, election support, teacher raises dominate week one of budget hearings

Arthur Phillips, economic policy analyst for Maine Center for Economic Policy said educators are falling behind entry-level workers in the private sector but also peer educators in nearby states. The average teacher salary in Maine is lower than every state in New England and more than $3,700 below the national average, Phillips said, citing a report from the Maine Education Association.

Click here to read the full story, first published February 24, 2024 in Maine Morning Star.