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March 20, 2017
Augusta, Maine (Monday, March 20, 2017) State legislators on the taxation committee will hold a public hearing today on several bills that would roll back the tax to pay for education enacted under Question 2, the ballot initiative passed by Maine voters in November 2016.
March 20, 2017
“Now that Question 2 is law, Maine has a bona fide path to fully funding education in 2018 and the wealthiest 1% of Maine households still pay a lower effective tax rate than the middle 75% of Maine families.
March 16, 2017
“The Trump budget is really a disaster from our perspective, and nothing more than a down payment on tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else,” said Garrett Martin, executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
March 10, 2017
Michael Shepherd and Christopher Cousins, Bangor Daily News, March 10, 2017 Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage’s Office of Policy and Management released an economic impact study on a new 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 that is drawing some criticism over its methodology.
March 10, 2017
Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed Garrett Martin about the LePage administration’s flawed analysis of the economic impacts of the successful Q2 education funding referendum, click here.
March 10, 2017
Garrett Martin Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy.
February 3, 2017
Here are three reasons why Maine lawmakers should reject Governor LePage’s FY18/19 budget proposal: 1. Ignoring the Will of Maine Voters The governor’s proposed state budget completely eliminates Question 2—the ballot initiative passed by voters in November that would increase state funding for our public schools by asking only those making over $200,000 to pay a little more.
January 23, 2017
Graphic referenced in testimony in support of LD 32, An Act to An Act to Increase the Size of Grants under the Maine State Grant Program, click here.
January 12, 2017
The bipartisan Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity interviews Garrett Martin about the recent successful referendum campaigns to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 and hour by 2020 and to add a three percent income tax surcharge on annual income above $200,000.
November 26, 2016
The electorate chose policies that invest in our communities, our schools and our workers. Mainers want change that benefits working people. That’s the lesson from this year’s election results.