fair taxes

money in politics

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

democracy

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

fair taxes

It’s time to stand up against Gov. LePage’s anti-education agenda

I got my first taste of Maine politics in 2011, when, as a sophomore Education major at the University of Maine at Farmington, a recently-elected Governor LePage vowed to balance

Ben Chin

Lewiston stands against hate

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike talk about the community response to the racist signs targeting Ben in the Lewiston mayoral race. They also discuss new support

fair taxes

For Chamber, corporate tax loopholes trump accountable elections

Yesterday, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce publicly opposed Question 1, the citizen initiative to reduce the influence of big money on state elections. Rather than take issue with the

state budget

Gov. LePage should stop exploiting young Mainers to push tax cuts for the rich

Compared to previous outings Governor LePage has made to Androscoggin county, his most recent trip to Lewiston this week for a public forum was relatively subdued. He didn’t, for example,

education

Happy Maine politics news, for once

On this all-good-news episode of the Beacon Podcast, Mike and Ben talk about the surge of young progressives running for municipal office, the just-launched referendum to fund local schools with

democracy

Citizen initiative launched to tax wealthy, invest in Maine schools

Stand Up for Students, a new campaign backed by parents, teachers and education and community organizations, has announced an effort to place a citizen-initiated referendum on the 2016 ballot to

Emily Cain

Emily Cain on the issues

This week on the podcast, Ben and Mike are joined by former state senator and current congressional candidate Emily Cain. She explained her positions on a range of issues, from