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Maine Center for Economic Policy

Gov. LePage’s cruel budget is dead on arrival, now the real conversation begins

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy joins Taryn, Ben and Mike to talk about Maine’s state budget, examining Governor LePage’s proposal,

economy

Bill would prevent Maine workers from being punished for getting sick

Sick leave is often taken for granted by a majority of white-collar workers in Maine, but for many blue-color and service-sector employees, it’s just not an option. Nationally, fewer than

Maine Legislature

Sen. Collins loses her short-term memory, blames Democrats for SCOTUS partisanship

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss in detail the legislative hearing on rolling back Maine’s minimum wage law that lasted until 1 a.m. on Wednesday

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Sen. Millett’s bill would guarantee paid sick days for working Mainers

41 million people, more than a third of American workers, don’t have the option of taking a single paid sick day from their jobs. A new bill introduced Wednesday at

small business

Maine workers, business owners ask Sen. Collins to reject Puzder

Making the case that an opponent of the minimum wage and workplace protections shouldn’t head the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine small business owners and activists for workers’ rights held

Maine Legislature

Maine Democrats’ milquetoast vision is a missed opportunity

This is the piece I didn’t want to have to write. When I first read the vision for “A Better State of Maine” put forth by the Maine Democratic Party,

polling

New tracking poll charts Trump’s gains in Maine

A new poll conducted for Beacon by the Maine People’s Resource Center shows significant gains for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Maine over the last month, and especially in

Every Child Matters

Minimum wage vote a lifeline for parents of 63,000 Maine children

“I was in an abusive relationship. I knew I had to leave to protect myself and my children, but I knew that if I left, with the skills and opportunities

Economic Policy institute

Oxfam: Maine is worst in Northeast for low wages

A national report and set of maps released today by Oxfam and the Economic Policy Institute shows that Maine has fallen far behind neighboring states in the proportion of its

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Food worker activist, author to speak in South Portland tonight

Saru Jayaraman, co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, will be in South Portland to speak at the Maine People’s

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