Education and Workforce Development

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May 10, 2017
In Maine, most students do borrow for college. Sixty-three percent left school with debt in 2015, carrying an average debt load of $30,000. The debt load is even higher at Maine’s public universities.
May 5, 2017
The bill also received the support of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, State Director of the Maine Community College System Jim McGowan, Gilda Nardone of New Ventures Maine and Carla Dickstein, senior vice president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
May 2, 2017
The Competitive Skills Scholarship program provides grants to low-income students not only for tuition and books, but also for child care, transportation, and emergencies critical for adult students to enter and stay in school.
May 2, 2017
This is not the time to pit older people against families with children when deciding whether the mil rate is more important than well-staffed quality schools.
April 24, 2017
  Real reform of Maine’s safety net programs requires addressing the causes of poverty, and the ability of Mainers to get into work, education, or training.
April 24, 2017
We have a public and economic interest in making sure that students have access to affordable higher education that will give them the skills they need to get good-paying jobs.
April 13, 2017
“There’s just no data to support that level of total outmigration,” [MECEP’s Garrett Martin] says. Caroline Cornish, WCSH-TV, April 13, 2017, interviews MECEP’s Garrett Martin. Martin disputes the governor’s Office of Policy and Management’s study conclusion that the education tax surcharge approved by voters on income over $200,000 will cause people to leave the state.
April 10, 2017
I would urge the committee to recognize the serious nature of the college affordability crisis in our nation and state. Please also bear in mind that college affordability is a bigger issue than the cost of tuition.
March 27, 2017
A recent data analysis shows that the percentage of Maine children living in deep poverty — defined as living on less than $10,000 a year for a family of three — has increased at a rate eight times greater than the national average, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
March 20, 2017
“Representatives from the Maine Center for Economic Policy also testified against the bill. They claim the wealthiest 1% of Maine households will still pay a lower effective tax rate than 75% of Maine’s middle class families.” by Taylor Kinzler, WABI-TV, March 21, 2017 Eliminating Maine’s 3% surtax on the state’s highest earners.