small business

state budget

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

Paul LePage

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

family leave

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

Maine Restaurant Association

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

education

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

health care

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

labor

Maine workers, business owners ask Sen. Collins to reject Puzder

Making the case that an opponent of the minimum wage and workplace protections shouldn’t head the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine small business owners and activists for workers’ rights held

Susan Collins

Maine small business owners ask Sen. Collins not to repeal health coverage

On Thursday at the headquarters of Portland manufacturer Zootility Tools, Maine small business owners shared why they support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and called on the state’s congressional delegation,

Paul LePage

Two years of grassroots campaigning led to Maine’s minimum wage increase this week

Maine’s first minimum wage increase in eight years went into effect this week following two years of grassroots organizing by minimum wage supporters, first collecting signatures to place the issue

economy

Vice President Biden hails Maine minimum wage referendum as sign of economic progress

In this week’s White House address, Vice President Joe Biden cites the passage of the minimum wage increase referendum in Maine and similar ballot measures in three other states, all