Education and Workforce Development

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June 14, 2016
WGAN Morning News host Ken Altshuler and guest host Matt Gagnon of the Maine Heritage Policy Center interviewed Garrett Martin about the various referendum questions scheduled for vote in November, including the campaigns to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $12 per hour  incrementally by 2020 and the initiative to increase funding for k-12 education through a surcharge on annual incomes over $200,000.
May 24, 2016
WGAN Morning News host Mike Violette and guest host Tory Ryden interviewed Garrett Martin about the Stand Up for Students campaign to pay for an increase in state aid for education by increasing taxes three percent on incomes above $250,000 per year.
April 28, 2016
Just when you thought Congress has finally gotten something right, they disappoint once again. I am talking about the national school meal programs. Congress assumed correctly that if more than 40% of students in a school automatically qualified for free or reduced lunch, there were likely a lot more hungry kids besides those enrolled in the program.
April 13, 2016
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) released a report today that details a roadmap for stronger state economies. Central to the CBPP proven prescriptions for economic growth are strengthening education and infrastructure systems. 
February 12, 2016
While the draft state plan addresses the needs of different populations of low-income workers in many ways, it does not give express preference to these populations, beyond Title I funding, especially in cases where the state does not have sufficient resources to meet the full need.
January 5, 2016
WGAN Morning News host Ken Altshuler and guest co-host, former State Senator Phil Harriman interviewed MECEP’s Garrett Martin about what issues will be front and center in the new legislative session.
November 23, 2015
Interested in helping to shape public policy here in Maine? The Maine Center for Economic Policy and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities are looking for talented and passionate candidates to be a part of the 2016 class of State Policy Fellows.
November 19, 2015
read letter to the Bangor Daily News online. On Thursday, Maine’s Legislative Council will consider appeals on two bills addressing the issues raised in the BDN’s Nov.
November 19, 2015
read the letter to the Portland Press Herald  online On Thursday, Maine’s Legislative Council will consider appeals on two bills addressing the issues raised in your editorial Wednesday (“Our View: For-profit school settlement deserves low grades”) for consideration in the upcoming second session of the 127th Maine Legislature.
October 15, 2015
Our colleagues at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) note that “wages for the vast majority of American workers have stagnated or declined since 1979—and wage stagnation’s reach has broadened over the last dozen years to include college-educated workers.” To address this extensive and growing income inequality EPI has proposed The Agenda to Raise America’s Pay.