February 22, 2012 by

Yesterday the Portland Press Herald published an Associated Press report on Maine’s Medicaid spending.  In the online version of the story was a “poll” that featured the question:

“Do you support the expansion of Medicaid coverage that has occurred in Maine over the last decade?”

As far as questions go, this one is pretty loaded and doesn’t really reflect the issues at hand.

Alternative questions could have included:

“Do you … Read the rest

Jobs in Focus

February 22, 2012 by

MECEP recently published a jobs report that raises questions about Maine’s economic performance since January 2011 and suggests that the LePage Administration could do more to address ongoing economic challenges.  Our report was based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Current Employment Statistics (CES).  Recent changes to how this data is collected and reported mean that until the adjusted CES numbers come out in March … Read the rest

LePage Administration Proposal Puts Political Appointee Perks Ahead of Health Care for Maine’s Most Vulnerable

February 21, 2012 by

For the last several months, public attention has focused on the LePage Administration’s proposal to eliminate health care benefits for 65,000 Maine children, seniors and disabled individuals.  Now, while demanding devastating cuts for Maine’s most vulnerable citizens, the Governor is asking that his political appointees receive a windfall in the form of generous health insurance benefits he has taken away from other public employees.

Throughout the 2010 campaign and … Read the rest

Maine Leads the Nation- in Job Losses

February 8, 2012 by

An analysis of federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data reveals that in the year beginning January 1, 2011, Maine lost more jobs per capita than any other state in the nation.  Only five other states (Alaska, Missouri, Vermont, Delaware and Wisconsin) lost jobs over the same period, and Maine ranked 50th in job performance nationally.

The 7,200 jobs Maine lost in 2011 are just the tip of Maine’s … Read the rest