Legislative Priorities

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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.
February 8, 2016
MECEP’s written testimony to the US International Trade Commission on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement detracts from the economic stability of Maine’s hard-working families. Specifically they exacerbate wage and income inequality that forces tens of thousands of Mainers into poverty.
February 2, 2016
“The bill under consideration would remove the voice of Mainers from any future changes to the determination of employee status for workers’ compensation purposes.  That determination, and its enforcement, is becoming increasingly important to the welfare of working Mainers.”
January 25, 2016
“Businesses which claim the bonus depreciation and wind up having weak profits are allowed to carry the tax write offs forward for up to 20 years before they start paying taxes again.
July 30, 2015
“Maine is the most food insecure state in New England. Five percent of seniors and nearly one in four children are food insecure in Maine. In 2013, 18 percent of Mainers used Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at some point during the year.
July 15, 2015
For a PDF of a chart that summarizes the bills on which MECEP presented testimony during the legislative session which ended on July 16, 2015, click here.
June 10, 2015
This bill is about fiscal responsibility and ensuring that public dollars are spent wisely. It would bring transparency, accountability, and enforcement mechanisms to four large economic development incentive programs: the Seed Capital Investment Tax Credit, Pine Tree Development Zone Tax Credits, the New Markets Capital Investment Credit, and Employment Tax Increment Financing.
May 27, 2015
“If Congress called a constitutional convention or attempted to do so, our nation would be thrown into great turmoil, and likely find itself mired in lengthy legal and political battles of great consequence to the nation’s future.
May 20, 2015
MECEP fully supports the intent of this bill; however, we are concerned that portions of the bill actually will exacerbate the effects of the “welfare cliff” for families unable to find full-time work. 
May 20, 2015
Of all the provisions of LD 1375, MECEP is most concerned with the changes to the Parents as Scholars (PaS) program, which would effectively preclude parents from participating because of onerous work participation requirements.