Maine people deserve credible analysis

December 19, 2011 by

Two weeks ago MECEP released an analysis estimating the loss of nearly 4,500 jobs if the LePage Administration’s proposed $221 million cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services budget are approved.  Not to be outdone, the Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) released their own report today indicating that raising taxes to cover the first year’s proposed $121 million shortfall would cost 6,463 jobs.

Not all jobs estimates are … Read the rest

Editorial Round Up: Maine Opinion Leaders Weigh in on Proposed Medicaid Cuts

December 19, 2011 by

Maine’s newspaper editorial boards continue to criticize the LePage Administration’s proposed cuts to services important to Maine children, seniors, families and individuals with disabilities.

The (Biddeford) Journal Tribune weighed in with a 12/16/2011 editorial labeling the proposal to deny MaineCare coverage to childless healthy young adults “offensive.”  “Those ‘healthy young adults’ are some of the hardest hit by the recession, as recent college graduates are struggling to find work. The … Read the rest

Maine People Speak Out Against Harsh Medicaid Budget Cuts

December 15, 2011 by

Hundreds of Mainers from across the state converged on the State House in Augusta yesterday to loudly voice their opposition to the $220 million in cuts the LePage Administration has proposed to Medicaid.  An estimated 65,000 people stand to lose health care benefits if the Legislature adopts these proposals.

A rally organized by the Maine Can Do Better coalition (of which MECEP is a proud member) received extensive coverage in … Read the rest

What’s the real deal with jobs in Maine?

December 13, 2011 by

In recent weeks, there has been a tit-for-tat about jobs playing out in the Maine media.  The opening salvo came from Doug Rooks writing in the (Lewiston) Sun Journal that zero jobs had been added to Maine’s economy this year.  This was followed by a piece in the Bangor Daily News (and other newspapers) by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais highlighting Maine’s drop in unemployment … Read the rest

Beware the Bogus Business Ranking

December 12, 2011 by

Forbes magazine is out with its latest “Best States for Business” rankings. Maine’s ranking, 50th, will grab headlines and provide fodder for further assaults on Maine’s environment, workers, and public investments.

BEWARE – these business rankings generate more heat than light when it comes to measuring a state’s real capacity for economic growth.  As a foundation for policymaking they are extremely flawed.

To appreciate the problems associated with … Read the rest

LePage Plan to Cut Services Raises a Media Firestorm

December 8, 2011 by

Governor Paul LePage ignited a vigorous public debate this week with his proposal to cut about $220 million in state funding for services important to working families, children, seniors, the disabled and other at risk communities.  MECEP has been in the thick of the public discussion.  Here is a sample of print and broadcast coverage over the past two days, including editorials in all three of the state’s major daily … Read the rest

Buy Local and Grow Maine’s Economy

December 7, 2011 by

A new MECEP study (see full report) confirms that, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the local economic impact of consumer spending at locally owned businesses in Portland is significantly greater than that of national chains.  Every $100 consumers spend at locally owned businesses generates an additional $58 in the local economy.  By comparison, $100 spent at a representative national chain store in Portland generates an additional $33 in local economic impact.… Read the rest