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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.
February 3, 2017
Governor LePage’s FY18/19 budget proposal would eliminate the Homestead Exemption property tax relief program for resident homeowners under 65 years of age. This is a bad idea.
January 23, 2017
for a PDF of this testimony, click here. January 23, 2017 Good afternoon, Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield, and members of the Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.
October 18, 2016
We, the undersigned consumer, labor, business, senior, economic justice, and community organizations from Maine, urge you to protect Maine’s low-income families, especially women, senior citizens, minority families, and veterans and members of our armed forces who are the target of payday lenders.
September 12, 2016
The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) filed this comment in response to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s proposed rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans.
April 13, 2016
MECEP urges you to protect Maine children, safeguard child care facilities, and continue to infuse our state economy with these federal funds.   PDF version April 13, 2016 Hon Senator David C.
March 10, 2016
LD 1631 reinforces federal standards that do not apply to the economic realities that Maine workers face. It makes it harder for individuals to get the skills they need to secure a better paying job, and undermines the ability of families to achieve economic security. 
March 7, 2016
Maine still hasn’t fully recovered from the recession of 2008. Economic growth remains sluggish, and we continue to face significant economic challenges. The legislature must focus first on making Maine’s economy more resilient and on improving the quantity and quality of Maine’s workforce.
March 3, 2016
“Eliminating the estate tax will generate a nearly $18 million give away to fewer than 60 of the wealthiest families owning property in Maine each year. 
February 29, 2016
It is important to understand how each of the tax policies in the budget plan work together, not only to understand that concerns over homeownership and charitable giving are over stated, but also to understand that the impacts of LD 1519 would be a giveaway to wealthy Mainers for which low- and middle-income Mainers will pay the price.