Maine Legislature

Maine Legislature

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

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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

Gina Melaragno

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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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

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Women lead in fight to protect Maine’s minimum wage increase

With a slew of bills scheduled to be heard on Wednesday that could roll back every part of the minimum wage increase passed by referendum last November, Mainers are planning

Amy Halsted

Mainers will fight to protect minimum wage law

In November, over 420,000 Mainers voted to increase the minimum wage, more than have ever before supported a ballot initiative. Just a few months later, however, Maine’s new minimum wage

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Gov. LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy create a crisis for Maine towns

While state budget debates often spiral off into complex and abstract issues that are hard for an average citizen to digest, at the town and city level the impact of

Paul LePage

Maine small business owners speak in defense of successful referendum to tax the wealthy

At a marathon budget hearing at the State House on Monday, members of the Maine Small Business Coalition waited until late into the evening to testify before the Taxation Committee

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Gov. LePage’s justification for cutting taxes for the wealthy is farcical

Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy. Look no further  than

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Maine workers fight to protect minimum wage increase

More than 150 workers from across Maine visited the State House on Thursday to ask legislators a simple question: do you stand with working families, or with large corporations and