Health care for tens of thousands of Mainers under threat; proposed “fix” is insufficient

December 6, 2017 by

James Myall

Earlier this year, Mainers were justifiably proud of Senator Susan Collins for standing strong in the face of efforts to take health care away from tens of thousands of Mainers. Unfortunately, the tax bill making its way through Congress will have the same effect if passed. While Senator Collins has attempted to mute these adverse consequences by offering a separate proposal in conjunction with Senator Nelson of … Read the rest

Senate Health Care Band-Aids Won’t Fix Damage in Tax Bill 

November 29, 2017 by

James Myall

US Senate Republicans have offered only temporary, Band-Aid fixes to try to reassure holdouts on their tax bill like Maine’s Senator Susan Collins. These proposals will not fully heal the wound inflicted on the health care system by repealing the individual mandate, a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act. Despite this, Senate Republicans are pushing ahead with their tax overhaul which is expected to explode the deficit, … Read the rest

New Analysis: Senate Child Tax Credit Proposal Stacks the Deck Against Rural Working Families

November 29, 2017 by

James Myall

New analysis by MECEP shows that the proposal by US Senate Republicans to increase the size of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) will do little for the majority of children in Maine’s most rural and poorest counties while delivering significant benefits to wealthy families who live primarily in more urban and suburban areas. This analysis builds on last week’s analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities … Read the rest

Senate plan to increase child tax credit falls short for Maine’s most vulnerable children

November 22, 2017 by

James Myall

The Senate Republican tax plan fails to offer meaningful benefit to Maine’s working families with children. The plan’s signature change for working families, a change to the refundable child tax credit, is being pushed as “relief for hardworking families” —but as with so much of the bill, tens of thousands of low-income families are being overlooked for the benefit of the wealthy.

The change in the Senate bill … Read the rest

Here’s a Map: Repealing the ACA’s Individual Mandate Would Leave an Additional 50,000 Mainers without Health Insurance

November 15, 2017 by

James Myall

US Senate Republicans’ proposal to reduce access to health care in order to pay for additional tax cuts for the wealthy, large corporations, and foreign investors would drive up the cost of health insurance in Maine significantly, and cause 50,000 fewer Mainers to have health insurance in 2027, according to a MECEP analysis. This is because the GOP tax plan now includes a provision to eliminate the Affordable … Read the rest

For thousands of sick low-income Mainers, Medicaid Expansion is their only hope for affordable care

September 28, 2017 by

James Myall

The November ballot question to expand Medicaid coverage to Mainers living below or near poverty will allow more than 70,000 people access to affordable health care. MECEP’s recent report, The State of Working Maine 2017, demonstrates just how important good public health is to a healthy economy.

Since 2001, tens of thousands of Mainers of prime working age have left the work force, and these “lost workers” … Read the rest

Out of work, out of hope – This is what a depressed economy looks like

September 21, 2017 by

James Myall

Tens of thousands of Mainers disheartened by the dim prospects of good paying, middle-class jobs have given up looking for work. Some are discouraged to the point of despair, turning to substance misuse and even suicide. That’s the stark and somber finding of MECEP’s latest report, The State of Working Maine 2017.

Using numerous data sets and incorporating the latest national research, the State of Working MaineRead the rest

In Maine, higher education tuition hikes and reduced quality threaten economic future 

August 24, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall

The Maine Center for Economic Policy’s (MECEP) analysis of a report released by the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP) reveals that Maine students at four-year public colleges still bear too high a burden for higher education. Since the Great Recession, tuition at Maine’s public colleges and universities have increased by $1,198 or 14.1 percent over the past decade. Maine also ranks 21st in the country for … Read the rest

How MaineCare Cuts Pushed Mainers and Maine Hospitals to the Financial Brink 

August 1, 2017 by


James Myall, Policy Analyst

Last year, half of Maine’s hospitals ran an operating deficit. According to figures from the Maine Health Data Organization, two thirds of Maine’s hospitals have just one month’s cash on hand (or less). Why is this important for Mainers? Not only are hospitals the primary providers of health care in the state, they are also the largest employers in nearly every county. For … Read the rest

A New Great Depression in Rural Maine

July 31, 2017 by
James Myall

James Myall, Policy Analyst

New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies. In the first quarter of 2017, Maine’s economy saw no real growth. Zero.  That was the lowest rate in New England, and the seventh-worst performance of any state. These new data are just the latest in a … Read the rest

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