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The LePage administration has abandoned a generation of Maine children to poverty

Last week in Androscoggin county, a panel of child poverty experts came together at Bates College and produced an absolutely stark set of data. According to the reporting of the

Garrett Martin

Mainers rally against GOP attempt to roll back fair taxes and school funding referendum

Mainers who helped to pass Question 2, the referendum to funds local schools through a 3% tax increase on income in excess of $200,000, gathered in Augusta on Tuesday to

corporate influence

Rep. Golden stands up to corporate lobby to fight wage theft

A new bill introduced by House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden would crack down on wage theft by unethical employers in Maine. The bill is designed to address a widespread

Samantha Paradis

This nurse from The County stole the show at Bernie’s rally

One of the most pointed and poignant moments of the rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez in Portland last night came not during the

environment

Bill to tax electric vehicles would take Maine down the wrong road

The state of Maine should be doing everything it can to promote the use of electric vehicles, because zero-emission transportation is an important part of combating man-made climate change, especially

Maine Center for Economic Policy

Gov. LePage’s cruel budget is dead on arrival, now the real conversation begins

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy joins Taryn, Ben and Mike to talk about Maine’s state budget, examining Governor LePage’s proposal,

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As Maine considers Medicaid expansion, new study shows it paid off in other states

Although the GOP-controlled Congress is pledging its continued interest — despite stalls and snags — to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest

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Sen. Collins pulls off a masterful pivot on the filibuster

In political jargon, a “pivot” is similar in a lot of ways to its definition in sports: you plant yourself, spin, and try to move as quickly as possible in

Michael Sauschuck

As opioid deaths skyrocket, police call for Maine to expand Medicaid

An updated analysis released Tuesday by the offices of Maine’s Chief Medical Examiner and Attorney General shows that drug overdose deaths have continued to increase rapidly in Maine. Last year’s

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Maine Republicans threaten government shutdown to repeal fair tax referendum

Are you paying attention?  Things in the State House are heating up. Republicans have threatened to shut down state government unless Democrats agree to overturn the will of the voters