Let’s make sure that every Mainer who aspires to succeed can go back to school

August 10, 2016 by
Jack Weiss

Jack Weiss

With summer beginning to wind down, thousands of Mainers are getting ready to go back to school. This September, Maine’s post-secondary schools—colleges, universities, and community colleges across the state—are preparing for an influx of students as Maine’s high school graduation rate continues to climb upward. But as the images of wide-eyed, young, and eager freshman dominate commercials for the Best Buy, The GAP and U-Haul Rentals, it … Read the rest

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

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