Posts From James Myall

James Myall
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James is a policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy. He holds a master’s degree in ancient history and archaeology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy and management from the University of Southern Maine (USM). He has previously served as coordinator of the Franco-American Collection and an adjunct professor of American history and government at USM, Lewiston-Auburn College.

federal

GOP plan would spike premiums for older, poor, rural Mainers by 1500% (no, that’s not a typo)

New analysis by the Maine Center for Economic Policy shows that Washington Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will hit Mainers especially hard, due to the restructuring of

fair taxes

Here’s exactly how much Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy would raise your property taxes

Governor LePage’s budget proposal offers tax breaks worth $23,000 annually to Maine’s 1%, while asking homeowners to pay an average of $300 more in already historically-high property taxes. The budget

economy

Question 2 will reverse years of education cuts by asking wealthy to pay their fair share

Maine’s future economic success depends on having a well-skilled workforce able to tackle the challenges of the twenty-first century – and the means of developing that workforce is through the

health care

New studies show how much Maine is losing with failure to accept Medicaid funds

Several recent studies and analyses of the 31 states that have accepted federal money to increase access to health care demonstrate the continued benefits of doing so. The research confirms

education

Gov. LePage’s austerity has stalled Maine’s economy

Maine is still waiting after 84 months for its employment levels to recover. EPI identifies short-sighted policies like cutting public spending, failing to invest in infrastructure, and refusing to accept federal monies as causes of this slow growth recovery.

Donald Trump

Attacking New Mainers isn’t just morally wrong, it’s economically self-defeating

In a visit to Maine on Thursday, Donald Trump suggested that the presence of Somali refugees in the state was a security risk and an economic drag. However, the data do

fair taxes

Leaked email: Gov. LePage plans more tax cuts for the wealthy

An internal memo leaked from a member of Governor LePage’s administration to the Portland Press Herald reveals LePage’s plans for the upcoming legislative session and the 2018-19 biennial budget. For

municipal

As immigration has increased in Maine cities, so has income

The Pew Research Center recently released a report, America’s Shrinking Middle Class, examining the relative proportion of lower-, middle-, and upper-income populations in 229 of the nation’s metro areas.[1] Their findings

food

Gov. LePage’s crusade against food stamps hurts the economy, does nothing to help the poor

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) provides further confirmation of a depressing trend—hundreds of thousands of Mainers remain impoverished and food insecure. The LePage

climate change

Maine solar legislation is nothing like Chinese energy policy, which is too bad

Governor Paul LePage’s most recent attack on solar energy in Maine invoked an unlikely partner for the conservative chief executive – the Chinese Communist Party.  The governor cited China’s plan

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