Maine Legislature

drug policy

Mary Mayhew’s sad misinformation campaign on Maine’s opioid epidemic

When 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) have accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, and two more states are in discussion to do so, the LePage administration’s arguments for

organizing

Maine AFL-CIO members lobby legislature for a clean minimum wage vote

More than 150 workers from across Maine gathered at the State House yesterday to lobby legislators on pressing issues, including wages, taxes, education funding and staffing at Riverview Psychiatric Center. “We

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s new tax cut for the wealthy would be a disaster

Governor LePage has submitted a bill to eliminate Maine’s estate tax. The estate tax helps fund education, health care, and infrastructure that keeps our economy strong and competitive and provides

federal

An attempt to derail the minimum wage referendum and a new tax cut for the wealthy

This week on the podcast, Ben Chin and Mike Tipping discuss the recent and upcoming presidential primaries, the attempt by a coalition of business groups to do an end run

children

Maine kids and teachers lobby legislators on school funding gap

Some Maine students and teachers spent part of their February break in Augusta this year, trading the hallways of local schools for the halls of the State House on Thursday

Bernie Sanders

Democrats stand strong on taxes and education, while Gov. LePage retreats from everything

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Mike Tipping and Ben Chin discuss the results of the New Hampshire primaries, the strong bipartisan vote in the Maine House against a

Mark Eves

Maine House votes down corporate tax giveaway

Two Republicans joined the entire House Democratic caucus on Tuesday in a vote to amend Gov. Paul LePage’s tax conformity proposal, effectively cancelling a new tax break benefiting mostly large

fair taxes

Speaker Eves responds to Gov. LePage’s ‘socialist’ attack

Democratic House Speakers Mark Eves has issued a written response to Gov. LePage’s insult-laden letter, which was sent to legislative leaders today as a replacement for Maine’s traditional State of

democracy

A dramatic reading of Rep. Timberlake’s poetry, feeling bad for the marijuana campaign and primary predictions

Today on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk referendums, corporate influence at the state and national level, the New Hampshire primaries and the unintentional poetry of Rep. Jeff Timberlake.

Paul LePage

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