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April 19, 2017
“People who were young and healthy certainly benefited,” says Garrett Martin, executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. “But small businesses that had older employees or were in rural parts of the state really got hung out to dry.” Michael Hiltzik, Chicago Tribune, April 19, 2017 When our hard-working members of Congress return to work next week refreshed from their 18-day Easter recess, they’re planning to take up healthcare reform again.
April 19, 2017
The Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Maine AFL-CIO, Maine Education Association, Maine People’s Alliance, the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Partnership for Women and Families all testified in favor of the bill.
April 17, 2017
“Rather than building as big an insurance pool as possible so the costs got meted out more broadly, what the program did is sequester those people,” explained Garrett Martin, the executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. 
April 10, 2017
Access to paid sick time would be one of the most meaningful changes this committee could make to the lives of working Mainers. Every year, tens of thousands of workers lose wages to care for themselves, a sick child, or an elderly relative because their employer does not offer paid sick time.
April 5, 2017
It’s a bad time for Maine to forfeit federal funds that allow intervention to take place. However, that’s exactly what our state has done, according to a report out recently from the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
March 31, 2017
Despite this major shortfall in needed programs, a report out last week from the Maine Center for Economic Policy revealed that in 2016, the DHHS failed to spend $800,000 in federal funds available to help adolescents struggling with substance use disorders.
March 30, 2017
Moreover, according to a recent [Maine Center for Economic Policy] report, the state has explicitly chosen not to pursue federal grant opportunities to address colorectal cancer screening rates, to improve water testing for arsenic and lead and to address other critical public health problems and needs.
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 22, 2017
“Our primary reason for supporting this bill is the need for more transparency from the executive branch and the department. We believe Maine needs to do better.
March 21, 2017
“The Maine Center for Economic Policy says it undertook the study to bring together scattered reports about grants not sought and available funds not accessed by the state.