New overtime rules will finally pay workers what they deserve

July 29, 2016 by
Jack Weiss

Jack Weiss

Every week, thousands of Mainers work overtime—more than 40 hours per week—to make ends meet. Many workers, even after working 50 to 60 hours per week, still cannot afford basic living expenses for their families.

Finally, new federal overtime rules assure that employers will compensate these workers for their extra time. In May, President Obama signed the new rules that will increase the salary threshold below which all … Read the rest

Leaked memo confirms Governor’s priorities remain the same – tax breaks for the wealthy, cuts in crucially important investments in our communities

July 28, 2016 by
James Myall

James Myall

An internal memo leaked from a member of Governor LePage’s administration to the Portland Press Herald reveals LePage’s plans for the upcoming legislative session and the 2018-19 biennial budget. For his final two-year proposal, the governor plans to pursue the same priorities that Mainers and legislators have rejected over and over again – tax breaks for the wealthy, funded by reductions in education, health care, and other services … Read the rest

How payday lenders skirt the law

July 20, 2016 by
Jody Harris

Jody Harris

The facts about how payday lenders trap working families in debt are shocking:

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Women have higher poverty rates in retirement than men

July 13, 2016 by
Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

Recently, my colleague Jody Harris posted about how devious payday lenders prey heavily on women. She added that, “Women continue to earn less than their male counterparts, and they also continue to be the ones who assume responsibility for taking care of children and elder parents.” Jody also noted that “Another troubling consequence of all this is that women earn less over their lifetimes so they … Read the rest

Closing the door on ineffective tax loopholes in Maine: Important challenges lay ahead

July 7, 2016 by
Jack Weiss

Jack Weiss

Maine offers 192 different tax loopholes for individuals and corporations. These tax breaks are a form of backdoor spending that cost the state almost $2.2 billion in lost state revenue in 2015. This is revenue the state could potentially use for education, healthcare, and infrastructure or to make Maine state taxes fairer by lowering taxes for struggling low- and middle-income families.

Not all tax loopholes are created equal. … Read the rest