fair taxes

fair wages

Maine’s superwealthy don’t seem to mind tax fairness referendum

In this week’s episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss new support among small business owners for the minimum wage campaign, the announcement of new federal payday lending

education

Gov. LePage’s legacy is tax cuts for the rich, underfunded schools

Over the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as the House Chair of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee. I have had the opportunity to better understand Maine’s

organizations

Episode 50: With two state legislators

Episode 50(!) of the Beacon Podcast features part one of a conversation with Rep. Adam Goode of Bangor and Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz of Orono. They discuss how they got involved

fair taxes

Gov. LePage fears referendum could undo his tax breaks for the wealthy

In his weekly radio address this week, Maine Governor Paul LePage attacked all five of the citizen initiatives on the ballot this November, but the Stand Up for Students initiative (which

gender

All the latest lies from Gov. LePage and Adrienne Bennett

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the growing movement to raise the minimum wage in states across the country, new overtime rules that will benefit tens

small business

Mainers paid their taxes today, so should the wealthy and big corporations

Today is tax day for most Mainers. It’s a time when I reflect on just how skewed towards the wealthy and powerful our state tax system is. Thanks to Governor

fair wages

A waning session and a last-ditch attempt to undermine the minimum wage

Are corporate lobbyists ignorant or evil? That and other important questions are addressed on this week’s Beacon Podcast, as Ben and Mike explain what to expect in the last few

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

Maine Senate Republicans defy Clean Elections referendum, protect offshore tax havens

The Republican-controlled Maine Senate on Wednesday voted along party lines to protect a corporate tax loophole that allows large, multinational corporations to hide millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts,

economy

Susan Deschambault wins Maine Senate special election with progressive economic message

Democrat Susan Deschambault, a retired social worker, beat Republican Steve Martin in the District 32 special Senate election in York County yesterday with 58% of the vote. Deschambault received 1,785

polling

Gov. LePage’s obsession, votes on the estate tax and minimum wage, and immigration politics in Portland

In this episode of the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss solid votes in the Maine House on the estate tax and the minimum wage competing measure proposal, Gov. Paul