Governor LePage deals another blow to Maine farmers and fishermen

April 24, 2014 by

Just as Governor LePage’s policies have taken health insurance away from Maine’s small farmers and fishermen, now he wants to take local business away from them too.

The governor vetoed a bill that would help local farmers and fishermen sell vegetables and fish to schools, hospitals, and other community institutions.

An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy (LD 1431) jumpstarts food hubs so that … Read the rest

Small Businesses and the Self-employed Will Lose if Maine Does Not Accept Federal Health Care Funds

April 22, 2014 by

Maine has a higher-than-average number of small businesses and one in seven Mainers is self-employed. More than half of Mainers are self-employed as farmers, loggers, fishermen, and many other professions. Small business owners and the self-employed drive Maine’s economy. They also face the steepest barriers to affordable healthcare because many of these jobs tend to be low-wage, especially in rural areas. If Maine does not accept federal funds to expand … Read the rest

The LePage Case against Medicaid Expansion: A House of Cards Built on Fallacies, Contradictions, and Ideology

April 18, 2014 by

 “We cannot go grab federal money without understanding just how much Maine taxpayers will wind up paying. Furthermore, it is incredibly irresponsible to put taxpayers on the hook when federal health care subsidies are available that would provide virtually free health care for low-income Mainers.”

– Governor LePage, Press Statement, April 17, 2014

Last night Maine lawmakers passed an amended proposal to accept federal funds and provide health coverage to … Read the rest

Boston Fed President Agrees: Many Mainers Still Struggling in Weak Labor Market

April 16, 2014 by

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Like MECEP, the Boston Federal Reserve Bank is looking deeper into Maine’s labor market statistics finding that employment prospects for Mainers are still nowhere near as good as they were before the recession.

Thanks to reporting from the Bangor Daily News’s Darren Fishell, we know that Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren is concerned about Maine’s large number of part-time workers who want more work but can’t find it and … Read the rest

What you should know about the Cutler property tax relief plan

April 15, 2014 by

Today, Eliot Cutler released a plan for providing property tax relief to Maine residents. The center piece is a dramatic increase in Maine’s homestead exemption program, elimination of revenue sharing as we know it, and a new approach to channeling revenue collected by the state to towns and cities.

The basic premise is that Mainers increasingly feel the bite of property tax increases and that our current three pronged approach … Read the rest

Maine needs a research and development bond

April 11, 2014 by

Maine needs jobs and good jobs at that. Bonding to invest in research and development will result in more, better-paying jobs. Consider the story of two companies that must innovate to compete.

Acadia Harvest in Brunswick is learning how to grow fish indoors. Kenway Corporation of Augusta is a composite manufacturer. Acadia Harvest is a new company. Kenway has been making fiberglass in Maine for 50 years. Both recognized the … Read the rest

Fed Chairman Yellen: The Recovery Still Feels Like a Recession

April 1, 2014 by

In case you needed more evidence that the labor market recovery in Maine and across the nation is still far from complete, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen has you covered:

But while there has been steady progress, there is also no doubt that the economy and the job market are not back to normal health….

The recovery still feels like a recession to many Americans, and it also looks

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