children

climate change

How Gov. LePage lost Maine almost $2 billion

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss a new report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy showing how the government of Maine has forfeited or

Maureen Terry

Bill would finally, fully ban corporal punishment in Maine schools

A bill sponsored by Rep. Maureen Terry, a Democrat from Gorham, aims to make Maine the 29th state in the union to explicitly ban the use of physical force against

federal

Maine mom stars in TV ad to save Affordable Care Act

Katie Sherman, a small business owner from Buxton, and her daughter Olive are featured in a new television ad airing during the Congressional recess in Maine and other key states.

organizing

Sen. Collins’ long, silent walk, Maine’s next referendum and the fight for family care

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about the wave of protests that greeted Sen. Susan Collins on her return to the state, including an especially

Drew Gattine

Mainers launch campaign for guaranteed child care for kids and home care for seniors

Parents, policy experts, Maine state legislators and advocates for children and the elderly gathered at Roots and Fruits Preschool in South Portland on Monday to unveil the details of a

Maine Legislature

Is Mary Mayhew Dolores Umbridge and other important questions

This week on the Beacon podcast Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss Governor LePage’s State of the State address, how DHHS misdirected more than $13 million meant to help poor kids,

education

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

children

As child poverty increases, LePage admin caught misusing money meant for poor kids

The state office responsible for ensuring government funds are used according to law recently determined that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) misspent $13.4 million in federal

Donald Trump

Debate reactions and how Gov. LePage is taking money from poor kids

Still not in jail, this week on the Beacon Podcast Ben and Mike discuss the last presidential debate, the Question 4 debate on Maine Public, and the undermining of our

gender

Three things your restaurant boss won’t tell you about raising Maine’s minimum wage

The subminimum wage for tipped workers is a shady and often-misunderstood aspect of Maine’s labor laws. Most Mainers don’t realize that workers who receive at least $30 a month in