fair taxes

Maine Legislature

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

democracy

How Democrats can win back Maine

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss what an analysis of the 2016 referendum results tells us about how Democrats and progressives can win in rural Maine.

health care

Gov. LePage starts session with a rant, Sen. Collins speaks up for health care and a Kickstarter you should back

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the first day of legislative session and Gov. LePage’s latest attacks on voter-approved referenda to raise the minimum wage and

Amy Halsted

Campaign managers explain what’s next for those ballot measures you just voted on

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike continue their conversation with four of the campaign managers for measures that were on the ballot last week, including a discussion

Nate Libby

New Senate Democratic leaders pledge to ‘fight like hell’ for working Mainers

Troy Jackson of Allagash, who is returning to the Maine State Senate this January after two-years out of office, has been selected by his colleagues to serve as leader of

economy

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

podcast

Will Maine be the only place Trump wins where Romney lost?

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the close race in Maine’s second district and the future of our politics post-Trump. They also cover new developments on

Charles Galemmo

Maine town leaders look to Question 2 to boost local schools

Elected leaders from Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York Counties gathered outside a Portland elementary school today to explain what passage of Question 2 could mean for their schools and their students.

polling

Small business owners back Question 2 and Penobscots protest a pipeline

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Will Ikard of the Maine Small Business Coalition joins Mike as a guest host to discuss Question 2, the referendum to increase school funding

economy

Study: Question 2 will undo tax breaks for the wealthy, raise $159 million for Maine schools

On November 8, Maine voters will consider Question 2, a ballot initiative that would roll back recent tax breaks for the wealthy and dedicate this revenue to provide additional state