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democracy

Maine’s local civic culture still survives in the age of Trump and LePage

This week, as Mainers went to the polls to vote for a statewide bond referendum, local school budgets, and countless local council, selectboard, and school board seats around the state,

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It’s about time to fund our damn schools

This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. Over the next few weeks, many compromises will need to be made in Augusta to negotiate a two-year state budget and

municipal

Paint your own leaf: How not to get lost in the enormity of the landscape of resistance

“It’s been a heck of a week so far” is something that I have found myself saying each and every week since President Trump began his term in January. For

fair taxes

Is Gov. LePage lying about taxes, or just ignorant?

This Monday, while Governor LePage was confidently and completely mischaracterizing how the surcharge on incomes above $200,000 per year mandated by 2016’s Question 2 referendum would impact the wealthiest in

children

The LePage administration has abandoned a generation of Maine children to poverty

Last week in Androscoggin county, a panel of child poverty experts came together at Bates College and produced an absolutely stark set of data. According to the reporting of the

infrastructure

My kid’s school is falling apart and some Portland city councilors refuse to help

I’m a lifelong Portlander. I went to Reiche Elementary, King Middle, and Portland High. I love Portland and am grateful for the public education I received here, which has opened

municipal

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

state budget

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

organizing

Hundreds of Maine progressives plan to meet, learn and recharge their batteries

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the Resistance Summit being held this Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center. More than 700 Mainers have already RSVP’d

South Portland Tenants Association

In a housing crunch, South Portlanders organize for tenants’ rights

Squeezed by the rental housing crunch in the the Portland metro area that is hitting tenants with skyrocketing rents and surprise evictions, citizens south of the Fore River are taking