Posts From Beacon Staff

money in politics

Will Rep. Poliquin vote with his financial industry donors to deregulate Wall Street?

Regulations targeting Wall Street bankers and predatory lenders could be on the chopping block this week if Republicans in Congress get their way. The House of Representatives is expected to

children

Report: Investing in senior and child care is both a moral and economic good

Americans are struggling to find jobs that offer long-term financial security for themselves and their families and, according to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality,

health care

Mainers rally against proposed health care cuts

Chanting “everybody in nobody out, that’s what health care’s all about”, Mainers from Greater Portland area gathered in Congress Square park on Thursday to rally against devastating cuts to health

corporate influence

An interview with Shenna Bellows, champion for Maine workers

This week on the Beacon podcast, Mike interviews Democratic State Senator Shenna Bellows of Manchester. They discuss the threats to the minimum wage, her internet privacy bill, and how Mainers

Maine Center for Economic Policy

Maine House passes bill to ban corporate tax havens

On Wednesday, by a mostly party-line vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill sponsored by Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono to close loopholes that allow

climate change

Groundbreaking plan would reverse Trump’s infrastructure cuts, invest in Maine

President Donald Trump surprised political analysts when, after promising new investment in infrastructure projects across the country, his budget proposal last week instead included cuts in funding for maintaining and

health care

Rhyming road signs make case against GOP shutdown

Backroads across Maine have seen a flowering of signs over the last few days with messages meant to highlight what a state government shutdown would mean for Mainers. Republican legislative

Chellie Pingree

Democrats back $15 federal minimum wage, phasing out sub-minimum wage for tipped workers

Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate unveiled the latest bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and gradually raise the sub-minimum wage for

Mary Mayhew

Do you want Trumps? Because disregarding the will of the people is how you get Trumps.

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the retirement of Mary Mayhew, the Maine Supreme Court decision on ranked-choice voting and the path forward for the

Maine Equal Justice Partners

Trump budget slams Maine

“President Trump’s budget shows just how empty and cynical his campaign promises actually were,” said Maine First-District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in response to the release of the Trump administration’s federal