How to Interpret Today’s Jobs Report

June 21, 2013 by

Today, the Maine Department of Labor released the monthly jobs report. It’s exciting, but as usual the overall picture of Maine’s labor market doesn’t change very much with the addition of one more month of data. Even a five-month string of jobs reports can buck the longer-term trend. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what’s in this month’s report.

The Unemployment Rate is No Different Than Read the rest

Low-Income Mainers Left Behind in GED Privatization

June 17, 2013 by

Mainers without a high school diploma do not fare well in the economy. They are stuck in low-paying jobs with little opportunity for advancement. For many working adults, the first step in climbing out of a low-wage job is to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. But that possibility just got harder.

Recent changes to the General Educational Development (GED®) test pose new obstacles for adult learners who want to … Read the rest

An Open Letter to Governor LePage

June 13, 2013 by

Dear Governor LePage,

You’ve got a jobs problem.

Since you took office, Maine ranks 46th in job growth and 47th in state economic growth. We’re last in New England in job growth and more than 100,000 Maine people are looking for work or are in search of full-time work.

You’ve got an unprecedented opportunity to improve Maine’s job picture. This isn’t theory, it’s fact.

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Time to Get Serious About Solving Maine’s Budget Crisis

June 5, 2013 by

Governor LePage’s budget proposal raises taxes. It contains property tax increases AND income tax increases.

There are better solutions. Unfortunately, when Democratic members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee tried to engage their Republican counterparts in a discussion of these last night, the silence was deafening.

This kind of response does not bode well for passing a budget that restores local school funding, avoids dramatic property tax increases, promotes … Read the rest