Some of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens will face even more challenges this fall when the expanded food benefits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expire. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program in Maine, provides food for needy Mainers throughout the state. The upcoming reduction to this program will affect every single SNAP recipient. That’s 251,418 Mainers. According to work by the Center for Budget … Read the rest
Job growth is too slow.
The nonfarm payroll jobs numbers through September, 2012—the most recent reliable data point[i]—show that Maine has only regained about a quarter of the jobs lost as a result of the recession. Meanwhile, our neighbors in … Read the rest
With Maine’s 126th legislature adjourning for the summer, a great opportunity remains to improve financial independence for more than 40,000 working Mainers. LD 455, shelved until the legislature reconvenes in the fall, would expand Maine’s Earned Income Credit (EIC) and benefit the families who need it most –those with at least one member working, but who still struggle to get by.
Maine’s slow recovery in the wake of the … Read the rest
With July 4th almost here and school out of session, the summer has undeniably begun. However, the summer can be one of the most difficult times for struggling families in Maine and around the nation. Nearly one in four children in Maine lack adequate food. That’s about 63,000 kids. Recent legislation expands children’s access to food in the summer and will greatly improve the lives and health of young … Read the rest