education

fair wages

Maine Democrats need to express a vision for a better future, not sugarcoat defeat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the tactical and messaging missteps of Democrats in the legislature and why they matter now more than ever. Also:

economy

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In the early hours of the morning on July 4th, Maine Lawmakers enacted a two year budget that repealed the voter approved three percent surcharge on household income over $200,000

state budget

Budget negotiations are more difficult when Democrats don’t stand for fair taxes

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Taryn has an observation, a question and a reflection about the state budget and argues that we should still have faith in the referendum

state budget

Giving in to Republican hostage-taking would make things far worse

With a final state budget deadline looming, Taryn and Mike discuss how Republicans have begun moving in the opposite direction from compromise, basically upping the ransom for the state they’re

education

Hundreds are protesting for a fair state budget – here are some of the best signs

More than two hundred Mainers packed the halls of the State House on Monday, calling on Republican legislators to stop holding up a budget agreement in an attempt to force

health care

What are national Democrats missing? Policy-focused, progressive candidates

After the special elections for Congress in South Carolina and Georgia last week, Democrats are 0-4. While smart people rightly point out that, despite these losses, these Democratic candidates are

democracy

Gov. LePage says he’ll shut down government out of spite, even if budget agreement reached

According to lawmakers familiar with a meeting between Governor Paul LePage and House Speaker Sara Gideon held Friday, LePage has declared that if the legislature reaches a budget agreement different

Maine Legislature
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

Susan Collins

Reminder: Mainers expect tax fairness in the state budget

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the roots and context of the state budget impasse and issue their weekly reminder that the conversation in the State