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Maine: First in farms and in food insecurity

Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine,

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House bill threatens school food programs in Maine

A bill in Congress could cut a program Maine has used to dramatically increase the number of students eating breakfast and lunch at school. Community Eligibility lets schools in high-poverty

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Sen. Miramant: Maine elections need less money, more openness

At a recent event, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell told us a story. It was about how party leaders in Washington instruct newly elected members of Congress to divide their

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A minimum wage question, LePage’s attacks on poor kids and Brexit

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the just-released official wording of the minimum wage question, new numbers on low-wage workers from Oxfam, Gov. LePage’s misuse of

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Video: Why extreme child poverty has skyrocketed in Maine

Extreme child poverty in Maine is surging—a 50% increase over the last five years is the sharpest of any state in the nation. This must-watch video from Maine Equal Justice

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The rise of Trump, the endgame for Bernie, and how to spot a blogger in his natural habitat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk about Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries and what it means for our country’s politics. They also answer the

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Gov. LePage’s crusade against food stamps hurts the economy, does nothing to help the poor

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) provides further confirmation of a depressing trend—hundreds of thousands of Mainers remain impoverished and food insecure. The LePage

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Will Congress leave poor Maine kids hungry?

Just when you thought Congress has finally gotten something right, they disappoint once again. I am talking about the national school meal programs. Congress assumed correctly that if more than

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Why Heather McIntosh quit her job and what April Thibodeau thinks of Mary Mayhew

This week the Beacon Podcast features interviews with a couple of incredible Mainers. April Thibodeau is on to discuss her recent piece The callousness of DHHS head Mary Mayhew and

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LePage admin skims welfare dollars as extreme child poverty surges

Bangor Daily News columnist David Farmer is on a roll. After exposing a new attack on Maine’s human rights laws protecting gay, lesbian and transgender Mainers last week, this week

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