public assistance

health care

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

public assistance

How Gov. LePage lost Maine almost $2 billion

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss a new report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy showing how the government of Maine has forfeited or

public assistance

MaineCare reimbursement cuts would sever lifeline for mentally ill

Dennis looks like your average middle-aged Portlander with his frayed Red Sox cap, specks of graying hair, stylish frames, and an easy smile, by all appearances one of the “able-bodied”

podcast

Don’t be fooled: Gov. LePage is trying to make Trumpcare even worse

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Taryn and Mike are joined by Robyn Merrill of Maine Equal Justice Partners to discuss the Republican health care plan, the state budget and

drug policy

No justification for Gov. LePage’s latest attack on poor, ill and vulnerable Mainers

Some of the most vulnerable Mainers are about to get hit with a one-two sucker punch from DHHS director Mary Mayhew and Governor Paul LePage that, if approved, will decimate

public assistance

Mainers launch campaign for guaranteed child care for kids and home care for seniors

Parents, policy experts, Maine state legislators and advocates for children and the elderly gathered at Roots and Fruits Preschool in South Portland on Monday to unveil the details of a

Mary Mayhew

Is Mary Mayhew Dolores Umbridge and other important questions

This week on the Beacon podcast Taryn, Ben and Mike discuss Governor LePage’s State of the State address, how DHHS misdirected more than $13 million meant to help poor kids,

children

As child poverty increases, LePage admin caught misusing money meant for poor kids

The state office responsible for ensuring government funds are used according to law recently determined that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) misspent $13.4 million in federal

Greg Dugal

Debate reactions and how Gov. LePage is taking money from poor kids

Still not in jail, this week on the Beacon Podcast Ben and Mike discuss the last presidential debate, the Question 4 debate on Maine Public, and the undermining of our

Mary Mayhew

Rep. Gattine: Outsourcing ASPIRE kicks struggling families to the curb

I received a lot of emails and messages from people who are understandably concerned and upset about the LePage administration’s privatization plans. When the LePage administration announced last January that