small business

immigration

Welcome Center will integrate immigrants, incubate new businesses

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Senator Angus King and Portland City Councilor Pious Ali helped open a new Immigrant Welcome Center in downtown Portland. The Welcome Center provides a

health care

In the ongoing debate about health care, don’t forget about small business owners

In the national debate about health care, the voices of small business owners are often eclipsed by partisan rhetoric. As a small business owner, I’m writing to flag to our

fair taxes

Maine House passes bill to ban corporate tax havens

On Wednesday, by a mostly party-line vote, the Maine House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill sponsored by Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono to close loopholes that allow

health care

It’s time to protect and expand Medicaid, say Maine business owners

Lewiston-area business owners gathered this week at Grace Street Recovery Services, an opioid addiction treatment center, to share why they believe preserving and expanding Medicaid coverage is not only critical

democracy

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

small business

Wages and jobs surge in Maine following minimum wage increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released data from January, the first month where Maine’s new minimum wage increase was in effect, and the results are incredibly promising. Average

economy

Sen. Millett’s bill would guarantee paid sick days for working Mainers

41 million people, more than a third of American workers, don’t have the option of taking a single paid sick day from their jobs. A new bill introduced Wednesday at

Michelle Corry

Will Maine restaurants divest from Trump and LePage?

Progressive activists are asking local restaurants to cancel their membership with the Maine Restaurant Association, a branch of the National Restaurant Association, following a series of controversial actions by the

Maine Legislature

Maine’s resistance gets organized

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike thank the hard-working organizers who are putting together the upcoming Maine Resistance Summit – all are welcome. Also: A UMaine student

small business

Maine small business owners head to Washington to save the ACA

Nine small business owners from across Maine traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with the state’s congressional delegation and request that they vote to preserve the core of