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state budget

Reminder: Mainers expect tax fairness in the state budget

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the roots and context of the state budget impasse and issue their weekly reminder that the conversation in the State

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

Mainers deliver messages in pill bottles asking Sen. Collins to oppose health care repeal

On Wednesday, health care advocates delivered more than a hundred pill bottles to the office of Senator Susan Collins, each containing a personal story or message from a constituent asking

Maine Legislature

Minimum wage law mostly survives Maine legislature, but tipped wages cut

Most of Maine’s new minimum wage law survived a series of repeal attempts in the Maine House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon, just seven months after more than 420,000 voters approved

human rights

Flotilla formed to protect the Penobscot

On Saturday, more than a hundred Mainers from across the state gathered at the Bangor waterfront and in canoes, kayaks and other craft on the Penobscot River to celebrate the

drug policy

On Maine’s state budget, Democrats are disappointing but Republicans are nihilists

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn and Mike discuss the hostage situation that is the legislature’s budget negotiations, a crisis manufactured by Republicans made worse by House Democratic leaders

Angus King

Sen. King grills Trump officials on refusal to testify

Sen. King laid down a blistering line of questions to a set of Trump administration officials appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, demanding to know why NSA director Mike

Heather McGhee

Progressive leader Heather McGhee to speak in South Portland on Thursday

Hether McGhee, president of Demos, a progessive public policy organization dedicated to democratic and economic opportunity, will be the keynote speaker at the Maine People’s Alliance’s Rising Tide Dinner this

corporate influence

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

caregiving

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,

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

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