Minimum Wage Increase Contributes to Largest Annual Wage Gain in 10 Years

January 8, 2018 by

James Myall

Wage and employment gains during the first six months of 2017 reveal that Maine’s voter-approved minimum wage increase has not hurt the state’s economy as the referendum’s opponents warned it would. Instead, one year after the first minimum wage increase went into effect, available data suggest that the initiative is working as intended by helping to increase wages with no apparent adverse impact on employment.

According to MECEP … Read the rest

Policy Insights 2018 Conference

January 5, 2018 by

What does a vision for economic justice and shared prosperity look like?

You are invited to join us for a conversation about the opportunities and challenges the new year will provide. MECEP’s Policy Insights 2018 Conference will take place Wednesday, January 31, at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

Policy Insights 2018 will give attendees the tools to understand and influence the most important policy discussions coming up in 2018 — … Read the rest

Legislature’s Opioid Task Force report overlooks key factors in addiction crisis

January 2, 2018 by

James Myall

Another year has come and gone with no sign that the pace of drug related deaths – more than one a day – is slowing.

On Wednesday, January 3, the Legislature’s Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State will present its final report to the Health and Human Service Committee.

The final report includes many important recommendations, ranging from de-stigmatizing the language around drug … Read the rest