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Maine Legislature

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

Maine Legislature

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

health care

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

children

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

food

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

food

The LePage administration has abandoned a generation of Maine children to poverty

Last week in Androscoggin county, a panel of child poverty experts came together at Bates College and produced an absolutely stark set of data. According to the reporting of the

children

My kid’s school is falling apart and some Portland city councilors refuse to help

I’m a lifelong Portlander. I went to Reiche Elementary, King Middle, and Portland High. I love Portland and am grateful for the public education I received here, which has opened

federal

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