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April 19, 2017
“People who were young and healthy certainly benefited,” says Garrett Martin, executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. “But small businesses that had older employees or were in rural parts of the state really got hung out to dry.” Michael Hiltzik, Chicago Tribune, April 19, 2017 When our hard-working members of Congress return to work next week refreshed from their 18-day Easter recess, they’re planning to take up healthcare reform again.
April 19, 2017
The Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Maine AFL-CIO, Maine Education Association, Maine People’s Alliance, the Maine chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Partnership for Women and Families all testified in favor of the bill.
April 18, 2017
Drew Gattine, chair of the House Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, says that “turning away federal funds doesn’t lower your tax burden; it sends your tax dollars to another state.
April 17, 2017
“Rather than building as big an insurance pool as possible so the costs got meted out more broadly, what the program did is sequester those people,” explained Garrett Martin, the executive director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. 
April 11, 2017
Seniors, veterans, and all Maine families and individuals who are doing their best to get by in difficult times need fair and responsible resources that will truly help them over a hump.
April 11, 2017
The debt buying industry, primarily out-of-state companies, threatens and deceives consumers to collect on debts they know are inaccurate. LDs 1199 and 1242 will put in place needed reforms to strengthen Maine’s consumer code to protect Mainers from these abusive and illegal practices.
April 10, 2017
I would urge the committee to recognize the serious nature of the college affordability crisis in our nation and state. Please also bear in mind that college affordability is a bigger issue than the cost of tuition.
April 10, 2017
Access to paid sick time would be one of the most meaningful changes this committee could make to the lives of working Mainers. Every year, tens of thousands of workers lose wages to care for themselves, a sick child, or an elderly relative because their employer does not offer paid sick time.
April 8, 2017
In Maine, eight of 10 workers who are paid the subminimum wage are women, according to the left-leaning Maine Center for Economic Policy. Tipped workers are twice as likely to live in poverty as other workers and nearly half of tipped workers rely on public assistance, the center’s research found.
April 5, 2017
Seven states have already removed the special exemption from minimum wages known as the “tip credit” (Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington). Federal Earnings data show that tipped workers in these states, on average, earn more from a combination of tips and employer wages that tipped workers in the rest of the country.