Maine Economy

July 27, 2017
New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies. In the first quarter of 2017, Maine’s economy saw no real growth.

Maine Economy 11-6-2014MECEP monitors the pulse of Maine’s economy through research and analysis of trends in employment and jobs, incomes and wages, and other key indicators. We use our findings to assess proposed legislation and regulations, craft policy recommendations, advance initiatives that will benefit the prosperity and quality of life of Maine families, and counter efforts that yield disproportionately high benefits to out-of-state corporate interests and those in the highest income brackets. Policymakers, opinion leaders, media, advocates, and others rely on the credibility and thoroughness of MECEP’s analyses to inform their decisions and facilitate their discussions of crucial public policy matters. References to and citations from our work routinely appear in news reports, editorials and other commentary, and deliberations in public debates.

Most Recent
April 17, 2019
The right of workers to organize and bargain with their employer benefits all Mainers. Collective bargaining leads to better wages, safer workplaces, and a fairer and more robust economy for everyone — not just union members.
April 10, 2019
Imagine this scenario: You work at a large, national retail chain and on any given week, your schedule is subject to change, set at the discretion of your employer.
March 18, 2019
Efforts to weaken Maine’s minimum wage are perennial objects of consideration in the Maine Legislature. Most often, lawmakers rejects these efforts out of hand — and for good reason.
March 12, 2019
When Mainers work extra hours, they deserve extra pay. The 40-hour workweek has been a pillar of the American economy for decades. It’s still what most of us envision when we think about a “full-time job.” If the 40-hour workweek is one side of a coin, overtime protection, which provides time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40, is the critical flip side.
March 4, 2019
Sarah Austin The estate tax, paid only by the very wealthiest, is a critical tool for reducing inequality and investing in the things that create shared prosperity.
February 13, 2019
James Myall Everyone gets sick, and everyone deserves to be able to take time to get better without worrying whether they can still make the rent.
December 19, 2018
Mainers are carrying nearly $6 billion in education debt. Large figures like that can be difficult to wrap our heads around, so think of it this way: If one dollar of our student loan debt was paid off every second of every day, it would take us more than 190 years to pay it off.
December 10, 2018
Summary: Higher education is a boon to graduates and Maine’s economy. It increases degree holders’ lifetime earnings, improves business competitiveness, and spurs consumer spending. But escalating college debt and rising rates of student loan defaults threaten to derail the benefits of higher education for Maine’s families and our economy.
November 15, 2018
Too many jobs pay too little, are too unpredictable and don’t support Mainers’ well-being. With smart policy changes, we can turn all jobs into good jobs AUGUSTA, Maine — Despite low unemployment and economic growth, too many Mainers are being left behind because available jobs don’t support workers’ ability to share in a strong economy. 
September 24, 2018
  Summary: Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage increase in 2017 led to the fastest wage increase in a decade for low-income Mainers and helped lift 10,000 Maine children out of poverty — a greater number than were brought above the poverty threshold in any other year in the last decade.