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education

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

state budget

GOP budget trick hikes property taxes, cuts education to fund tax break for the wealthy

Maine voters asked legislators to tax the wealthiest 2% of Maine households to fully fund education in the state. Now, Republican lawmakers are trying to weaken our commitment to local

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An interview with Shenna Bellows, champion for Maine workers

This week on the Beacon podcast, Mike interviews Democratic State Senator Shenna Bellows of Manchester. They discuss the threats to the minimum wage, her internet privacy bill, and how Mainers

Lauren LePage

Maine House passes bill to ban corporate tax havens

On Wednesday, by a mostly party-line vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill sponsored by Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono to close loopholes that allow

health care

Rhyming road signs make case against GOP shutdown

Backroads across Maine have seen a flowering of signs over the last few days with messages meant to highlight what a state government shutdown would mean for Mainers. Republican legislative

Maine Legislature

It’s about time to fund our damn schools

This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. Over the next few weeks, many compromises will need to be made in Augusta to negotiate a two-year state budget and

Mary Mayhew

Do you want Trumps? Because disregarding the will of the people is how you get Trumps.

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the retirement of Mary Mayhew, the Maine Supreme Court decision on ranked-choice voting and the path forward for the

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Trump budget slams Maine

“President Trump’s budget shows just how empty and cynical his campaign promises actually were,” said Maine First-District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in response to the release of the Trump administration’s federal

fair taxes

What the failure to impeach LePage should teach us about Trump

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Mike and Taryn discuss the fast downward spiral of the Trump administration and what Maine’s experience with our own lying, racist, power-abusing chief

education

Mainers disagree with focus on tax cuts for wealthy, would blame GOP for shutdown

Mainers rank a tax cut for the wealthy proposed by Governor Paul LePage and Republican legislative leaders as their lowest priority for the state budget and say they would largely