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June 1, 2017
“In testimony, MECEP policy analyst James Myall argued that a balanced-budget amendment would be ‘disastrous for Maine’ as it could cost the state over $900 million a year in federal money, or about 38 percent of the federal funds that come to the state, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities.
May 25, 2017
The Maine Center for Economic Policy opposes the changes proposed in the waiver because they undermine the basic principles of the Medicaid program, will cause unnecessary hardships to tens of thousands of Mainers, and will hurt Maine’s economy.
May 25, 2017
From 2011 to 2015, the proportion of Maine children living in extreme poverty, family earnings of less than $10,000 per year, grew at eight times the national average, according to data from the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
May 23, 2017
Maine’s minimum wage increase will help to restore the value of work for tens of thousands of Mainers. It will increase wages for one-third of Maine’s workforce, improving economic security for them and their families.
May 18, 2017
Don Cookson, host of WZON-AM’s The Pulse Morning Show, interviewed James Myall about new analysis from the national Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) which demonstrates that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as passed by the US House of Representatives, would undermine every part of the health care system in rural areas including most of Maine.
May 15, 2017
Fewer and fewer Maine families are aided by TANF, a federal block grant program intended to help vulnerable people get on their feet, even as the state poverty rate has climbed.
May 13, 2017
“Federal student loan borrowers can exercise an array of options from income-driven repayment plans to discharges for disability. Unfortunately, the worst student loan servicers purposely fail to advise borrowers of these options instead keeping their customers in high-cost payment plans on which they are doomed to default.
May 13, 2017
Data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey, compiled by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, show that the proportion of Maine children growing up in extreme poverty — in households with income less than half the federal poverty level, about $10,000 annually for a family of three — has been on the rise in recent years while it’s generally held steady nationally.
May 11, 2017
James Myall For the last seven years, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)  policies have contributed to the disturbing escalation in child poverty and stashed or misappropriated tens of millions of federal dollars intended for Maine children.
May 10, 2017
Gideon claims the number of Maine children in extreme poverty — families living at 50 percent of the federal poverty level of $10,000 per year for a family of three or lower — is increasing eight times faster than the national average.