In the Maine Media

November 22, 2010 by

 Here are three items that appeared recently in the Maine media that Line Items readers may find to be of interest.

In his Saturday (November 20th) column in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, Communications Coordinator Mike Tipping of MECEP’s partner organization The Maine People’s Alliance asks the big question that Congress must answer before the end of the year: “Jobless benefits extension not OK, but tax cuts Read the rest

In Today’s News

November 18, 2010 by

Beginning today, MECEP will occasionally recommend recent items from Maine news sources that our readers may find to be of interest.  We welcome your feedback.  Here are today’s selections:

What If Dirigo is Dirigone? Bangor Daily News

“Economic Development in Hard Times: How to Spend Less and Get More”

November 17, 2010 by
More than 50 people attended MECEP’s Second Shepard Lee Lecture by Good Jobs First Founder and Executive Director Greg LeRoy at USM on Tuesday (11/16) evening.  MECEP will post more materials from this event over the coming days.  In the meantime, CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with Mr. LeRoy broadcast on Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

Greg LeRoy delivers MECEP's 11/16/2010 Shepard Lee Lecture

“A Thousand Cuts: The Economy, Read the rest

Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First Founder, to Deliver MECEP’s 11/16 Shepard Lee Lecture

November 15, 2010 by

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 11/16), Greg LeRoy, Founder and Executive Director of Good Jobs First, will deliver MECEP’s latest Shepard Lee Lecture. LeRoy’s topic will be “Economic Development in Hard Times: How to Spend Less and Get More.” A 5:00 p.m. reception will precede the 5:30 p.m. lecture. The event will take place in the Lee Community Room of the University of Southern Maine’s (USM) Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street … Read the rest

Short Term Challenge, Long Term Optimisim

November 10, 2010 by

In his State Fiscal Policy Conference presentation (“Struggling to Hit Escape Velocity”) in D.C. yesterday, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics Mark Zandi stressed that the nation’s economic recovery has lost momentum over the last year. He noted that economic growth had reached 3.3% in second half of 2009, but had fallen to 2.7% in 1st half of 2010 and to 2% in second half of 2010. Such anemic growth won’t … Read the rest

LIVE BLOG: CBPP’s 18th Annual State Fiscal Policy Conference

November 9, 2010 by

Kit St. John, Garrett Martin, Dan Coyne and I are all in D.C. to attend the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) 18th annual State Fiscal Policy Conference.

Yesterday, I participated in a day long strategy session with communications directors from MECEP’s counterparts from around the nation. We exchanged experiences, reviewed our individual accomplishments and looked ahead to the challenges we face in the aftermath of the November 2nd … Read the rest

And now it’s time to govern

November 2, 2010 by

Tomorrow, Maine will have a new governor-elect and our 125th Legislature. Among the many challenges they must overcome, the most formidable may well be how to balance Maine’s budget in the face of an estimated $1.17 billion revenue shortfall. In our latest column in Maine BIZ, MECEP urges these new leaders to recognize that budget cuts alone are not the answer and could be counterproductive as Maine struggles to … Read the rest