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Sarah Austin
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Sarah is a policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy. She holds a master’s of public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s of science in environmental policy from Maine’s Unity College. Prior to MECEP, she worked at the State Innovation Exchange at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy and on issue campaigns in Maine and across the country on issues ranging from tax reform to non-discrimination.

education

State budget gives another round of tax cuts to the wealthiest, who already pay lowest rates

In the early hours of the morning on July 4th, Maine Lawmakers enacted a two year budget that repealed the voter approved three percent surcharge on household income over $200,000

fair taxes

A state shutdown over tax cuts for the wealthy would cost Maine $2.5 million per day

As the state’s two year budget comes due, Republican lawmakers continue to hold negotiations hostage over demands to repeal the voter approved 3% surcharge on household income over $200,000. The

fair taxes

GOP budget trick hikes property taxes, cuts education to fund tax break for the wealthy

Maine voters asked legislators to tax the wealthiest 2% of Maine households to fully fund education in the state. Now, Republican lawmakers are trying to weaken our commitment to local

Paul LePage

LePage budget raises taxes for Mainers making less than $92,000, gives huge tax cut to top 1%

At a time when Maine families are falling out of the middle-class, when experienced workers need new skills to secure good paying jobs in a modern economy, and when state

economy

More than one in seven working Mainers just got a pay raise

The voter-approved minimum wage increase just took effect, increasing wages for 74,000 Mainers. Nearly 30,000 additional Maine workers are expected to receive a raise this year as employers adjust their

state budget

Gov. LePage’s new tax cut for the wealthy would be a disaster

Governor LePage has submitted a bill to eliminate Maine’s estate tax. The estate tax helps fund education, health care, and infrastructure that keeps our economy strong and competitive and provides

corporate influence

LePage admin hides behind teachers to mask corporate tax giveaway

The Maine Department of Administration and Finance issued a press release today with the astute headline “Tax conformity matters to Maine teachers and families.” While I and the Maine Center