Tax and Budget

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June 1, 2017
Sarah Austin Maine voters asked legislators to tax the wealthiest 2% of Maine households to fully fund education in the state. Now, Republican lawmakers are trying to weaken our commitment to local schools so they can overturn the will of Maine voters, give tax cuts to the wealthiest families, and shortchange Maine schools.   
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 17, 2017
A convention such as this threatens our constitution and the protections it affords to our most fundamental rights. It will hurt Mainers’ economic security and have disastrous consequences for our state’s economy.
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.
May 8, 2017
For several years now, Maine’s approach to child poverty has effectively been to ignore it. Federal money earmarked for specific purpose of addressing this problem has been left untouched while tens of thousands of children struggle without enough food to eat, a stable place to live, and just one incident away from family catastrophe.
May 2, 2017
This is not the time to pit older people against families with children when deciding whether the mil rate is more important than well-staffed quality schools.
April 27, 2017
According to the online calculator put out by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, a Rockland family with two children earning $56,000 a year and owning a home would end up paying $547 more in taxes under Gov.
April 24, 2017
According to an analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy, LePage’s approach would people who report more than $384,000 of taxable income a tax break of $22,665 a year.
April 22, 2017
The LePage budget would raise taxes by $423 for a family earning $56,000. The Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda would reduce their taxes by $150 and fully fund our schools and increase support for Maine communities.