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Gov. LePage’s policies plunged rural Maine into a prolonged recession

New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies. In the

state budget

Gov. LePage has systematically dismantled Maine’s public health infrastructure

From closing school-based health centers to dismantling public health partnerships to eliminating public health nurses to stymieing opioid treatment to cutting Medicaid to refusing or misusing federal funding, the LePage

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Maine Democrats need to express a vision for a better future, not sugarcoat defeat

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the tactical and messaging missteps of Democrats in the legislature and why they matter now more than ever. Also:

Maine Legislature

State budget gives another round of tax cuts to the wealthiest, who already pay lowest rates

In the early hours of the morning on July 4th, Maine Lawmakers enacted a two year budget that repealed the voter approved three percent surcharge on household income over $200,000

democracy

Despite setbacks, referenda are still a powerful tool for Maine people

After seeing the state shut down for three days in the midst of a bitter fight over the passage of a budget that would pass muster in a divided Legislature,

democracy

Budget negotiations are more difficult when Democrats don’t stand for fair taxes

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Taryn has an observation, a question and a reflection about the state budget and argues that we should still have faith in the referendum

Maine Legislature

After getting tax breaks for the wealthy, Republicans still shut down the government

On Friday night, 60 House Republicans voted to shut down Maine’s government. Here’s the full list. After refusing to participate in budget negotiations all session, at the literal eleventh hour

state budget

Giving in to Republican hostage-taking would make things far worse

With a final state budget deadline looming, Taryn and Mike discuss how Republicans have begun moving in the opposite direction from compromise, basically upping the ransom for the state they’re

Maine Legislature

Hundreds are protesting for a fair state budget – here are some of the best signs

More than two hundred Mainers packed the halls of the State House on Monday, calling on Republican legislators to stop holding up a budget agreement in an attempt to force

Maine State Employees Association

A state shutdown over tax cuts for the wealthy would cost Maine $2.5 million per day

As the state’s two year budget comes due, Republican lawmakers continue to hold negotiations hostage over demands to repeal the voter approved 3% surcharge on household income over $200,000. The