Maine Economy

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April 3, 2017
Imagine you’re a cashier at the height of flu season and three of your coworkers called in sick on a Saturday afternoon—one of the busiest times of the week. Lines are long, customers are grumpy, and your efforts to keep the line moving prevent you from being as personable as you would be under other circumstances. Despite circumstances beyond your control customers keep docking your pay. Through no fault of your own, and even though you’re doing more work, you’re going to get less pay at the end of the day.
April 3, 2017
Maine’s economic future hinges on our ability to attract, retain, and maximize the contributions of racial and ethnic populations. Relative to other states and nations, Maine is not necessarily an outlier in terms of the aging of our population.
March 31, 2017
The Maine Center for Economic Policy last week released a compendium of federal funding opportunities Maine has missed out on over the past six years. The organization estimated the combined value at $1.9 billion.
March 30, 2017
Moreover, according to a recent [Maine Center for Economic Policy] report, the state has explicitly chosen not to pursue federal grant opportunities to address colorectal cancer screening rates, to improve water testing for arsenic and lead and to address other critical public health problems and needs.
March 27, 2017
We urge to the committee to support this legislation, which would help preserve good-paying manufacturing jobs in Maine and elsewhere in the United States by helping our businesses and contractors compete on a level playing field with foreign entities that receive unfair assistance from their governments.
March 24, 2017
for a link to the podcast, click here. for a link to the report, “Lost Federal Funds: Lost Opportunities for Maine,” click here. This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss a new report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy showing how the government of Maine has forfeited or ignored more than $1.9 billion in federal funding since 2011 that could have gone to health care, economic development and other state priorities, at a cost of nearly 5,000 jobs annually.
March 23, 2017
Revenue sharing is an important ingredient in a comprehensive approach to property taxes. Homestead exemption helps export property taxes to second home owners, the old circuit breaker program and now the property tax fairness credit help families with housing costs that are a high percent of their income, and revenue sharing helps lower state wide property taxes because we’ve recognized that our communities stretch beyond the towns we live in.
March 22, 2017
Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed Jody Harris about her new report, “Lost Federal Funds: Lost Opportunities for Maine,” click here. For the report itself, click here,
March 21, 2017
“The Maine Center for Economic Policy says it undertook the study to bring together scattered reports about grants not sought and available funds not accessed by the state.
March 21, 2017
PDF of the press release click here Declined federal funds include Medicaid expansion, children’s health insurance, public works infrastructure, nutrition assistance, and other priorities Augusta, Maine (March 21, 2017) New analysis released today by the nonpartisan Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) finds that over $1.9 billion in available federal funds that the state has forfeited since 2011 could have helped protect health and well-being, promote tax fairness, and boost Maine’s economy.