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children

Referendum to fund education through tax on wealthy makes signature deadline

A coalition of parents, educators and other supporters of public schools delivered almost 75,000 verified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Augusta yesterday in support of the Stand

Maine Legislature

Shady petition practices, secret tax breaks and Ben’s car gets towed

Plus Iowa caucus predictions and much more on this week’s episode of the Beacon Podcast! Subscribe to the podcast feed right here using your favorite podcasting app or subscribe using

Nate Libby

Gov. LePage demands $22 million in new corporate tax breaks, refuses to pay for them

Memebers of the Maine Legislature’s Taxation Committee tabled Gov. Paul LePage’s $38 million tax conformity package yesterday after administration officials refused to say how the plan, which includes a new

money in politics

Is ranked choice voting constitutional, will Clean Elections be funded, and what the heck is bonus depreciation?

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, MPA’s Mike Tipping and Ben Chin do a referendum round-up of the many issues potentially headed for November’s ballot, discuss a new corporate

state budget

How the lottery is rigged against Maine

It’s hard to imagine a tax that people would line up to pay; a tax so enticing it would be the topic of conversation week after week. But that’s exactly

health care

Ben is back, impeachment fails, minimum wage referendum succeeds, and lots more

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss the submission of signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot, all the other campaigns

Susan Collins

Will 37,000 Maine families get left behind in corporate tax cut deal?

As soon as today, there may be reports of a major tax deal that would extend or even make permanent numerous tax breaks for businesses. Also on the table, but

fair taxes

Will Maine Republican leaders continue payouts for corporate scam artists?

A bill proposed by Democratic Representative Ryan Fecteau of Biddeford to close loopholes in the New Markets corporate tax credit program and recoup tens of millions of dollars lost to

money in politics

Progressive victories from Maine to Washington inspire hope

Off-year elections are almost never good for progressives, and 2015 is no exception. But this off-year election held some surprising victories for progressives in Maine, Ohio, Washington and elsewhere that

environment

Ben Chin rallies opposition to Mayor Macdonald’s new trash bag fee

Lewiston mayoral candidate Ben Chin delivered more than a hundred petitions from local residents to City Hall today, opposing the plan supported by Mayor Robert Macdonald to begin charging a