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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.
June 26, 2017
Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed Sarah Austin about the threat of a state government shutdown should the governor and legislators fail to reach a budget agreement by July 1.
June 26, 2017
6 26 17 MECEP report PRESS RELEASE_Final For a PDF version of this release, click here.
June 26, 2017
MECEP – AHCA_report – Executive Summary – 06-26-17 – FINAL 729 PM   click here to download the PDF click here for a link to the full report
June 26, 2017
A new analysis of the House and Senate health care proposals by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) finds that repealing the ACA in favor of either the House or Senate plan would have dire consequences for Maine people and communities.
June 23, 2017
  As the state’s two year budget comes due, Republican lawmakers continue to hold negotiations hostage over demands to repeal the voter approved 3% surcharge on household income over $200,000.
June 22, 2017
Sarah Austin is a policy analyst with the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The head of the group helped write the ballot question that imposed the surcharge. 
June 15, 2017
“Mainers went to the polls in November fed up with tax cuts for the wealthy shortchanging our schools,” said Sarah Austin of the liberal-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy in a statement.