Minimum Logic

February 23, 2010 by

The Legislature is currently debating legislation, LD 192, to index Maine’s minimum wage to inflation, ensuring the earnings of these Maine workers keep pace with the increasing cost of living.  I presented MECEP’s testimony in strong support of the bill before the Legislature’s Labor Committee. 

Bill opponents label it a “job killer” that would undermine business development.  One group actually suggested that past minimum wage increases “may not have been … Read the rest

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

February 16, 2010 by

As the 2010 election cycle shifts into high gear, one issue is front and center: the need to get Maine and America’s unemployed back to work.  MECEP has taken a leadership role in framing the debate and in providing factual arguments for action at both the state and federal levels.

On February 4th MECEP released a new report which estimated that cuts proposed to the state budget for health care … Read the rest

What’s Your Cap?

February 1, 2010 by

Most of us recognize the roulette wheel that is health insurance.  This past weekend, I attended a fundraiser for a former student of mine and her family.  Unfortunately, the story is all too familiar.

Jane’s dad has been on dialysis for five years and is awaiting a kidney transplant.  Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy this summer.  As if this wasn’t enough, doctors discovered … Read the rest