Maine Legislature

Garrett Martin

Mainers rally against GOP attempt to roll back fair taxes and school funding referendum

Mainers who helped to pass Question 2, the referendum to funds local schools through a 3% tax increase on income in excess of $200,000, gathered in Augusta on Tuesday to

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Bill to tax electric vehicles would take Maine down the wrong road

The state of Maine should be doing everything it can to promote the use of electric vehicles, because zero-emission transportation is an important part of combating man-made climate change, especially

podcast

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,

health care

As opioid deaths skyrocket, police call for Maine to expand Medicaid

An updated analysis released Tuesday by the offices of Maine’s Chief Medical Examiner and Attorney General shows that drug overdose deaths have continued to increase rapidly in Maine. Last year’s

events

Maine Republicans threaten government shutdown to repeal fair tax referendum

Are you paying attention?  Things in the State House are heating up. Republicans have threatened to shut down state government unless Democrats agree to overturn the will of the voters

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

economy

Democrats reject Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy, offer new budget plan

On Thursday, House and Senate Democrats rolled out a budget proposal that delivers where Governor LePage’s budget failed. We’ll be diving into the details in the coming days but our

fair wages

New attempt to cut Maine’s minimum wage targets younger workers

In the ongoing battle to protect the minimum wage law passed overwhelmingly by Maine voters last November, the fight to preserve the inclusion of tipped workers—now in danger of repeal

health care

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

food

Maine restaurant servers fight to protect minimum wage increase

“With the wage going up I can look forward to an income I can depend on during slow months and when bad weather prevents customers from getting out. It helps