A Quick Take: Democrats’ Opportunity Agenda Invests in Maine Families, Kids, Communities

April 7, 2017 by
Megan Michaud

Megan Michaud

The Democratic Opportunity Agenda rejects the governor’s request for more tax cuts for the wealthy while increasing taxes for everyone else. It targets available resources to key priorities like getting treatment for those suffering from addiction, providing job training for careers that will support a family, and expanding access to critical early childhood education programs.

These investments are not only needed now, but are essential to rebuilding a … Read the rest

A Higher Minimum Wage is Good for Tipped Workers

April 4, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Workers who rely on tips don’t benefit from the existence of a lower tipped minimum wage. That’s the conclusion of a variety of sources that compare the earnings of workers in those states without a “tip credit” and those which maintain one. Maine’s tipped minimum wage is due to be gradually phased out by 2027, but a series of pieces of legislation have been introduced to roll back … Read the rest

The Tipped Minimum Wage is Unfair and Discriminatory

April 3, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

Imagine you’re a cashier  at the height of flu season and three of your coworkers called in sick on a Saturday afternoon—one of the busiest times of the week. Lines are long, customers are grumpy, and your efforts to keep the line moving prevent you from being as personable as you would be under other circumstances. Despite circumstances beyond your control customers keep docking your pay. Through no Read the rest