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Maine Legislature

Small business group’s radio ads criticize Fredette, Maine House GOP on state budget

“Ken Fredette and the House Republicans are threatening to shut down the state government unless they can get more tax breaks for the rich,” intones a new ad running on

fair wages

MacArthur ‘genius’ fellow, Time 100 award-winner to speak in Maine

Ai-Jen Poo, head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations will speak in South Portland on Thursday evening as part of the Maine People’s Alliance’s

Maine Legislature

These Maine Representatives stood up for raising the minimum wage

In case you were wondering who to thank, here are the Representatives who spoke in favor of increasing the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2018 on the House floor yesterday.

reproductive freedom

Will Maine legislators stand with Maine women?

Last week, the Maine House of Representatives voted 84-65 to defeat LD 1312, a so-called Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, or “TRAP” bill, which would restrict access to abortion care

money in politics

See who took money from tax credit scammers and where they stand on reform

12 Maine politicians took campaign contributions from the companies exploiting the corporate tax credit program. See where they stand on stopping the scam.

retirement security

Seniors speak up as Maine’s legislative session winds down

On Monday night, hundreds of Mainers from across the state joined a telephone town hall with Nora Super, Executive Director at the White House Conference on Aging, and Mark Eves,

state budget

Committee votes to halt tax credit scam, but Republicans stand with Cate Street

After a heated discussion in the Maine legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development committee on Thursday, a majority voted in favor of an amended bill that would allow the

public assistance

Maine legislators want to take money from poor families and give it to big banks

Last week, the Washington Post’s Wonkblog ran a disturbing story about a new law in Kansas that limits the amounts that struggling families can withdraw from their Temporary Assistance for

fair wages

Vital work that pays poverty wages: Maine home care workers speak out

They do some of the most important work in Maine, including helping elderly Mainers live independently in their own homes in the oldest state in the nation. Despite their important

state budget

17 times Gov. LePage blatantly lied at his town hall meetings

These are clear, unambiguous statements about important policy issues that are completely at odds with reality and easily proven false.