National Employment Law Project

Restaurant owners join workers in backing Question 4

For Heather McIntosh, a single mother working as a restaurant server in Portland, the most important aspect of Question 4 is the raise in the subminimum wage for tipped workers. “Despite working full time putting food on the tables at the restaurant where I work, I and many women working for tips in this state often struggle to put food

Paul LePage

Question 5 could improve Maine’s political climate

If anything is certain, the 2016 campaign season has brought to light that many voters are growing weary of negative

racial justice

Gov. LePage may recognize how badly Trump’s attack on democracy could backfire

Is there trouble in paradise? Governor LePage, who has been an enthusiastic fan of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, was


As child poverty increases, LePage admin caught misusing money meant for poor kids

The state office responsible for ensuring government funds are used according to law recently determined that the Maine Department of


Debate reactions and how Gov. LePage is taking money from poor kids

Still not in jail, this week on the Beacon Podcast Ben and Mike discuss the last presidential debate, the Question

fair wages

Maine restaurant owners switch sides, back minimum wage referendum

Maine’s restaurant lobby has for decades been one of the staunchest opponents of raising the minimum wage, but now that


Clinton maintains lead in Maine, but CD2 still a nail-biter

The latest Beacon tracking poll shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton continuing to hold a solid lead over Republican candidate Donald

human rights

Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better

small business

Newspapers endorse Question 4 to raise Maine’s minimum wage

Maine’s largest daily newspapers have endorsed Question 4, the referendum to raise Maine’s minimum wage. The Bangor Daily News has joined


Maine town leaders look to Question 2 to boost local schools

Elected leaders from Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York Counties gathered outside a Portland elementary school today to explain what passage of

health care

Maine ballot drive offers new hope for Medicaid expansion

Most Mainers believe the state should accept federal funds to provide health coverage through Medicaid expansion to low income people.

Chuck Radis

Referendum campaign launched to expand Medicaid in Maine

A coalition of organizations launched a citizens’ initiative campaign yesterday to expand access to health care for tens of thousands

retirement security

Paul LePage’s political prisoners podcast

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss Gov. LePage’s suggestion that they be thrown in jail for