Education and Workforce Development

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November 15, 2016
Mark Sullivan On November 8th, Maine voters approved two referendum questions the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) strongly supported and for which we provided critical research and analytical support.
November 9, 2016
Co-hosts Ric Tyler and George Hale, interviewed MECEP executive director Garrett Martin on WVOM-AM/FM’s George Hale-Ric Tyler program about the passage of Question 2, rolling back recent tax breaks for the wealthy to increase funding for Maine schools.
November 3, 2016
WGAN Morning News host Matt Gagon and guest host Spencer Thibodeau moderate a debate between MECEP’s Garrett Martin and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro about referendum Question 2, the Stand Up for Students initiative scheduled for vote on November 8, 2016.
November 2, 2016
94 percent of Maine students will go to better funded schools once Question 2 passes, and it will increase on average the state contribution to schools by $918 per student, according to the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
November 1, 2016
James Myall Maine’s future economic success depends on having a well-skilled workforce able to tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century – and the means of developing that workforce is through the education of our children. 
October 26, 2016
Stand Up for Students says Question 2 would right two wrongs: It would help make up for the state’s failure to pay 55 percent of the cost of public education, as required by an unfunded 2004 citizen initiative, and it would counteract recent tax cuts that have largely benefited the state’s wealthiest residents.
October 25, 2016
A “yes” vote on Question 2 is a vote for Maine students, a vote for tax fairness and a vote for the economy. by Sarah Austin, Bangor Daily News, October 26, 2016 Maine people know how important education is for our kids and economy.
October 20, 2016
Maine general fund support for k-12 education remains more than three percent below pre-recession levels; referendum would raise over $150 million annually dedicated to schools Augusta, Maine (Thursday, October 20, 2016) A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) further substantiates Maine’s shrinking commitment to education, reinforcing the importance of passing Question 2 to increase funding for education by more than $150 million annually by levying a three percent tax on household income over $200,000.