Legislative Priorities

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May 20, 2015
College has become less affordable for all Maine students, but college remains least affordable for low-income students and working adults. Maine’s public college affordability gap means that the college costs remaining after grant aid is applied still account for 71 percent of a low-income family’s annual earnings.
May 18, 2015
This proposal would not only benefit working families, but help the state economy. By working to determine which skills are in demand and working with postsecondary institutions to meet that demand, it will help provide Maine businesses with the skilled workers they desperately need.
May 12, 2015
The portion of this bill that addresses the benefit “cliff” helps people move from state and federal assistance to employment without suddenly losing critical monthly income. 
May 11, 2015
Low-income students seeking admission to community college have less unmet need than those attending the University of Maine. According to research presented to the Commission to Study College Affordability, after grants and loans, part-time work, and family contributions, students attending the University of Maine still have more than a $17,000 affordability gap  over a four-year period.
May 7, 2015
“Maine’s Marketplace enrollment has been a stunning success.  Maine’s uninsured rate dropped 4.5 percentage points between 2013 and 2014 – the first year the Marketplace policies were available.
May 7, 2015
Part-time workers are mostly ineligible for employer retirement plans. Just over 40,000 Mainers work in part-time jobs. Maine has the sixth highest rate of “involuntary part-time” employment in the nation.
May 7, 2015
“Maine’s [health insurance] Marketplace enrollment has been a stunning success.  Maine’s uninsured rate dropped 4.5 percentage points between 2013 and 2014 – the first year the Marketplace policies were available .
May 5, 2015
Like other states across the country, Maine’s constitution requires that the legislature balance the state budget every year, so any income tax cut must result in some combination of spending cuts or increases in other taxes.
May 5, 2015
The Maine Center for Economic Policy particularly supports the community eligibility working group. This community eligibility program allows high-poverty schools to offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches to all students at no charge, rather than to only a subset of income-eligible students.
May 4, 2015
The cost of a public education in Maine has become unaffordable. Our veterans, especially low-income, working veterans, struggle with the cost of college. This bill would work to combat this by targeting members of the Maine National Guard for full tuition waivers at all public higher education systems in the state.