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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 14, 2017
Maine People’s Alliance, Beacon podcast, April 14, 2017 This week on the Beacon Podcast, Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy joins Taryn, Ben and Mike to talk about Maine’s state budget, examining Governor LePage’s proposal, the Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda and explaining what happens next.
April 13, 2017
“There’s just no data to support that level of total outmigration,” [MECEP’s Garrett Martin] says. Caroline Cornish, WCSH-TV, April 13, 2017, interviews MECEP’s Garrett Martin. Martin disputes the governor’s Office of Policy and Management’s study conclusion that the education tax surcharge approved by voters on income over $200,000 will cause people to leave the state.
April 11, 2017
Maine people and businesses rely on safe, efficient roads and bridges in order to get to work, and conduct commerce. Tourism, the lifeblood of the state’s economy, is totally dependent on the ability of Americans, Canadians, and other visitors to travel to, and around our state.
April 7, 2017
Yesterday, House and Senate Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that delivers where Governor LePage’s budget failed. We’ll be diving into the details in the coming days but our first take is that it gets to work solving the problems Maine people have been asking their elected officials to fix so that we can have a strong economy and thriving communities.
April 5, 2017
It’s a bad time for Maine to forfeit federal funds that allow intervention to take place. However, that’s exactly what our state has done, according to a report out recently from the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
March 31, 2017
Garrett Martin As the deadline for filing income taxes approaches, tens of thousands of Mainers who don’t owe any income tax should still file a return in order to benefit from refundable state tax credits.
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 31, 2017
Despite this major shortfall in needed programs, a report out last week from the Maine Center for Economic Policy revealed that in 2016, the DHHS failed to spend $800,000 in federal funds available to help adolescents struggling with substance use disorders.
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.