Despite Latest Revisions, Senate GOP Health Care Proposals Would Still Gut MaineCare

July 14, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

On Thursday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the Republicans’ latest plan to take health care away from thousands of Mainers.

The many Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act have consistently been dangerous to the economic and physical well-being of Mainers. This latest revision is no different. By maintaining the most damaging part of their proposal, Senate Republicans have shown that their real goal Read the rest

MaineCare is Failing to Tackle Maine’s Opioid Crisis. Voters Have a Chance to Fix That.

July 13, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Across the United States, Medicaid is playing a crucial role in responding to the fight against the opioid crisis—except in Maine—where one person per day is dying from a drug-related overdose, most of which are caused by opioid use. That’s the stark conclusion to be drawn from data presented in a new report from the Urban Institute, which shows Medicaid spending on anti-addiction medications up 155% Read the rest

Senate GOP Health Care Bill’s Effects Would be Felt in Every Corner of Maine

July 11, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

US Senate Republicans are still pushing to pass their latest version of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, despite analysis from the Congressional Budget Office and others that shows that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose access to health care. MECEP’s own report details the effect on Mainers, including the loss of health insurance for more than 100,000 … Read the rest

What happens when those with the most pay the least taxes?

July 7, 2017 by
Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

In the early hours of the morning on July 4th, Maine Lawmakers enacted a two year budget that repealed the voter approved three percent surcharge on household income over $200,000 and gave a massive tax cut to the top two percent of households. This is the third biennial budget in eight years that contained tax breaks for the wealthiest Mainers. The top five percent of Mainers … Read the rest

Forget “Taxachusetts” or Connecticut – Maine should worry about being…Maine

June 29, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

A vibrant economy that works for everyone needs strong public services, and above all, good schools. And that requires everyone to pay their fair share towards those services. Recently, opponents of the voter-approved surcharge on high earners for education have sounded shrill warnings that Maine will be labelled a “high tax” state like Massachusetts or Connecticut. But the reality is that the alternative is far worse. Without … Read the rest

Looming state shutdown dangerous for Maine’s economy

June 23, 2017 by
Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

As the state’s two year budget comes due, Republican lawmakers continue to hold negotiations hostage over demands to repeal the voter approved 3% surcharge on household income over $200,000. The state is just seven days away from a potential state shutdown if a budget isn’t enacted on June 30th. Analysis released by the Maine State Employees Association and MECEP Friday shows the devastating impact a state shutdown could … Read the rest

Maine lawmakers need to protect student loan borrowers

June 23, 2017 by
Jody Harris

Jody Harris

A new report from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlights another way that the very companies that are supposed to be helping Maine student loan borrowers are cheating them.  The CFPB says that some lenders are wrongly denying access to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to eligible teachers, nurses, and first responders.

And Maine lawmakers, influenced by these same companies, have backed away from legislation … Read the rest

LePage policies have left thousands of children without health care

June 21, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Thousands more Maine children have no access to critical health care services as a result of Governor LePage’s policies, according to data from the US Census Bureau and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The data, highlighted in a report by the Annie E Casey Foundation, show that the share of Maine children without any health insurance rose dramatically between 2010 and 2015. Approximately 3,600 … Read the rest

Republican Education Funding Plan Would Raise Property Taxes

June 1, 2017 by
Sarah Austin

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.   

Because of the legislature’s failure to pay state retirement obligations in the 1980s and ‘90s, the Read the rest

Governor’s Own Report Reveals the Human Cost of His War on the Poor

June 1, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Destitute and driven deeper into poverty. That’s the result of the LePage administration’s policies for one in seven families removed from the state’s welfare program in 2012. Instead of providing a path forward to help families put food on the table, oil in the furnace, and retain stable, good paying jobs, the administration’s policies have had the opposite effect for many families.

In their zeal to cut access Read the rest

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