Maine Economy

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November 18, 2017
According to a study performed by Garrett Martin and Amar Patel for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, every $100 spent at locally owned businesses contributes an additional $58 to the local economy.
October 20, 2017
On the Maine Center of Economic Policy’s (MECEP) podcast, staff discuss the recently released report, The State of Working Maine 2017. Read the full report here: Music by Scott Holmes.
September 21, 2017
James Myall Tens of thousands of Mainers disheartened by the dim prospects of good paying, middle-class jobs have given up looking for work. Some are discouraged to the point of despair, turning to substance misuse and even suicide.
September 21, 2017
James Myall Tens of thousands of Mainers disheartened by the dim prospects of good paying, middle-class jobs have given up looking for work. Some are discouraged to the point of despair, turning to substance misuse and even suicide. 
September 4, 2017
People of prime working age have dropped out of the workforce at levels not previously seen by labor economists, especially outside greater Portland. According to a forthcoming study by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, just under 30 percent of 25- to 54-year-olds without a college degree in rural Maine have dropped out of the workforce, twice the 15 percent rate in 1997.
July 27, 2017
James Myall, Policy Analyst 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.
July 20, 2017
Maine has a rich history of health care policy innovation, although it was the ACA that finally brought down the uninsured rate. An older, rural population means no guarantees.
July 12, 2017
In Maine, nearly 60 percent of public family planning funding is from Medicaid — the very funding Congress is threatening to withhold from Planned Parenthood — and 49 percent of the revenue for services provided at the health centers come from federal sources, primarily Medicaid.
July 7, 2017
New MECEP report, Republican House and Senate Health Care Plans Jeopardize Access to Essential Preventive Health Care, analyzes impacts on Maine women and families from the proposed one-year prohibition of federal Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood.
June 28, 2017
“Let’s start with the obvious: State employees will lose wages that generate $2.5 million in daily economic impact, according to an analysis ( from the liberal Maine Center for Economic Policy, with $944,000 of that in Kennebec County alone.” by Michael Shepherd, Bangor Daily News, June 28, 2017 With no agreement in sight on a two-year budget in the Maine Legislature, the state is as close to a government shutdown as it has been since 1991.