Why are people leaving The County?

March 25, 2011 by

Recent census data shows that Aroostook County is losing population.  Applying the logic contained in a recent blog post from the State Treasurer’s office, the main reason for such flight must be The County’s phenomenally high tax burden. 

Wait a second.  Maine’s overall population has increased since 2000 and much of the migration from Aroostook County has been to more urban and suburban areas of the state, where in many … Read the rest


March 18, 2011 by

 On Thursday (3/17), MECEP Partner The Maine Children’s Alliance released their much anticipated 2011 annual KIDS COUNT data report.  

“The long-term success of our state begins with our youngest citizens, and it will require attention from all directions to prevent long-term problems,” Maine Children’s Alliance President Dean Crocker said at a Portland press conference. “Families, educators, doctors, business people, policymakers—all members of society must focus on what will best raise … Read the rest

MECEP Continues to Inform the Debate on Proposed State Budget

March 11, 2011 by

On March 4, 2011, MECEP hosted “Budgeting for Jobs?,” our 10th State Tax & Budget Conference.  Many of those in attendance asked for copies of materials the various speakers used in their presentations.  We’ve also had requests from people who were not able to attend hoping to learn as much as they can about the event.  We’ve created a special page on the MECEP website where we have posted links … Read the rest

Where’s the “Shared Sacrifice”?

March 2, 2011 by

On Monday (2/28) MECEP and representatives from local government, small business and public employees held a State House press conference to raise concerns about the tax cuts and spending priorities in Governor Paul LePage’s proposed budget for the next biennium.  They spoke just moments before the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs began its budget hearings.  

Speaking at the press conference, MECEP Associate Director Garrett MartinRead the rest