state budget

state budget

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

public assistance

Gov. LePage says he’ll shut down government out of spite, even if budget agreement reached

According to lawmakers familiar with a meeting between Governor Paul LePage and House Speaker Sara Gideon held Friday, LePage has declared that if the legislature reaches a budget agreement different

Susan Collins

House Republicans hiding and covering their windows is the perfect metaphor for state budget negotiations

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about some bills being considered by the legislature that aren’t the state budget (for a few blissful moments), then

children

I worked hard volunteering to pass Question 2. I won’t vote for any politician who ignores it.

I care about my community. That’s why, last year, I went out in sub-zero temperatures and rain storms to knock on the doors of friends, neighbors, and perfect strangers to

podcast

Reminder: Mainers expect tax fairness in the state budget

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the roots and context of the state budget impasse and issue their weekly reminder that the conversation in the State

health care

Maine Democrats should learn a lesson from the 2011 budget deal

Yesterday, Senate Republicans and House Democrats agreed to create a conference committee to reconcile the different budgets passed by their respective chambers. This is a high stakes moment. If they

drug policy

On Maine’s state budget, Democrats are disappointing but Republicans are nihilists

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn and Mike discuss the hostage situation that is the legislature’s budget negotiations, a crisis manufactured by Republicans made worse by House Democratic leaders

fair taxes

GOP budget trick hikes property taxes, cuts education to fund tax break for the wealthy

Maine voters asked legislators to tax the wealthiest 2% of Maine households to fully fund education in the state. Now, Republican lawmakers are trying to weaken our commitment to local

Maine Legislature

Rhyming road signs make case against GOP shutdown

Backroads across Maine have seen a flowering of signs over the last few days with messages meant to highlight what a state government shutdown would mean for Mainers. Republican legislative