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Maine Legislature

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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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

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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

Jim Lysen

Maine immigrants and allies stand united against hate in Lewiston

More than 250 Mainers gathered at the Franco Center in Lewiston on Saturday to show their support for immigrant families in the state and to advocate for sensible immigration policies.

Paul LePage

Mayor Strimling vows to protect subminimum wage increase in Portland

After losing a battle over the minimum wage at the ballot box by double digits in November, Maine Governor Paul LePage is now attempting to roll back parts of the

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Mayor Strimling backs Pious Ali for City Council

Pious Ali’s campaign for an at-large seat on Portland’s City Council received another major endorsement over the weekend, as Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling added his support in a video testimonial.

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Pious Ali endorsed by city councilors, state representatives

At a City Hall press conference yesterday, Portland school board member Pious Ali’s campaign for an at-large city council seat announced a set of new endorsements, including current and former

Jon Hinck

Maine People’s Alliance endorses Pious Ali for Portland City Council

For the first time, the Maine People’s Alliance, a statewide progressive advocacy group, has made endorsements in Portland’s contested City Council races. In the high-profile contest for an at-large council

economy

As immigration has increased in Maine cities, so has income

The Pew Research Center recently released a report, America’s Shrinking Middle Class, examining the relative proportion of lower-, middle-, and upper-income populations in 229 of the nation’s metro areas.[1] Their findings

Maine Restaurant Association

‘The sky has not fallen’ – Portland thriving after minimum wage increase

A new investigation and series of interviews published in the Christian Science Monitor by reporter Simon Montlake indicates that the minimum wage increase this year in Portland, Maine has helped