In the Maine Media

December 28, 2010 by

The holidays are a notoriously slow news period, but this year a few items may interest MECEP readers.

In a 12/22/2010 editorial (“Maine Workers: Held Back by Lack of Opportunities”) the (Biddeford) Journal Tribune writes that “if job opportunities [in Maine] ever match the work ethic, wage earners could lead us to prosperity” and laments the scarcity of higher wage jobs in Maine.  The newspaper adds that “to … Read the rest

Who in Maine Deserves a Raise?

December 22, 2010 by

In this season of hope, peace and goodwill to all, a Bangor Daily News editorial today (“Maine’s Low Wages”, 12/22/2010) comments on Governor-elect LePage’s recent lament that his top choices to head the Departments of Health & Human Services and Education had turned the jobs down because the salaries are too low. 

“Mr. LePage has a point about low salaries, but it is odd that one of his … Read the rest

Shepard Lee Lecturer Calls Deficit Reduction Fervor Misplaced

December 16, 2010 by
Center for American Progress Vice President for Economic Policy Michael Ettlinger warned the audience at MECEP’s 12/14/2010 event that states will not likely receive additional federal aid when the new Congress convenes in January.  He said that most attention, especially in the House of Representatives, will likely focus on attempts to cut programs in an ill-conceived effort to rein in federal deficits. 

CAP Vice President for Economic Policy Michael Ettlinger

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In the Maine Media

December 3, 2010 by

The news today that the national unemployment rate has risen to 9.8% adds even greater urgency to the need for Congress to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, including nearly 30,000 Mainers who will lose theirs between now and 4/9/2011.

In an editorial entitled “Unemployment vs. Tax Cuts” the Bangor Daily News urges Congress to “stick to the president’s proposal to extend the lower tax rates for those making … Read the rest

In the Maine Media

December 2, 2010 by

The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to extend unemployment benefits has begun to impact Maine families.  In a 12/2/2010 article entitled Mainers face elimination of jobless aid the Kennebec Journal reports that “By the end of the year, nearly 2,700 additional unemployed Maine residents will join those ranks if no benefit extension passes Congress.” The article also provides a chart depicting how many Mainers will lose their … Read the rest