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state budget

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

democracy

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

Paul LePage

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

Jeff Timberlake

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

economy

Bill would prevent Maine workers from being punished for getting sick

Sick leave is often taken for granted by a majority of white-collar workers in Maine, but for many blue-color and service-sector employees, it’s just not an option. Nationally, fewer than

state budget

Democrats reject Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy, offer new budget plan

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that delivers where Governor LePage’s budget failed. We’ll be diving into the details in the coming days but our

fair wages

New attempt to cut Maine’s minimum wage targets younger workers

In the ongoing battle to protect the minimum wage law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters last November, the fight to preserve the inclusion of tipped workers—now in danger of repeal

family leave

Sen. Collins loses her short-term memory, blames Democrats for SCOTUS partisanship

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss in detail the legislative hearing on rolling back Maine’s minimum wage law that lasted until 1 a.m. on Wednesday

food

Maine restaurant servers fight to protect minimum wage increase

“With the wage going up I can look forward to an income I can depend on during slow months and when bad weather prevents customers from getting out. It helps

April Humphrey

As Mainers rally against Gorsuch, Sen. Collins prepares to nuke the filibuster

Even as Mainers are standing up and speaking out against President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, Senator Susan Collins seems set to back the use