children

Bettyann Sheats

Lead contamination is quietly poisoning Maine kids. Congress could make things worse.

State Representative Bettyann Sheats, a contractor and landlord from Auburn, led reporters on a tour of her rental property in Lewiston on Tuesday to highlight the dangerous, ongoing problem of

Paul LePage

Dr. LePage’s deadly prescription

Make Maine sick again.

fair taxes

Gov. LePage has systematically dismantled Maine’s public health infrastructure

From closing school-based health centers to dismantling public health partnerships to eliminating public health nurses to stymieing opioid treatment to cutting Medicaid to refusing or misusing federal funding, the LePage

democracy

I worked hard volunteering to pass Question 2. I won’t vote for any politician who ignores it.

I care about my community. That’s why, last year, I went out in sub-zero temperatures and rain storms to knock on the doors of friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers to

environment

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

federal

New report: Mainers in rural communities count on Medicaid the most

A new report shows Medicaid is vital to ensure that rural Mainers and families across the nation have access to the care they need to stay healthy. The Georgetown University

public assistance

Mary Mayhew is running on a record of child poverty and hunger

Back in April, I wrote a piece about the alarming explosion of childhood poverty in Maine. The analysis noted that while as many as one in three children in the

retirement security

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,

state budget

LePage and Mayhew are politicizing poor kids

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Joby Thoyalil of Maine Equal Justice Partners joins Taryn and Mike to discuss the LIFT act, Gov. LePage’s missing money and his politicization of

nutrition

Bill would force LePage administration to use federal funds to fight child poverty

The percentage of Maine children living in extreme poverty has skyrocketed under Governor Paul LePage’s administration, increasing at a rate eight times higher than the national average since 2011, and