state budget

fair taxes

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

state budget

Attempts to undermine referendum results are a profound insult to Maine voters

At the risk of sounding a tad alarmist, I think it’s worth pointing out that our elected officials are actively working to undermine the results of the last election. No

economy

Gov. LePage’s justification for cutting taxes for the wealthy is farcical

Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy. Look no further  than

fair wages

Maine workers fight to protect minimum wage increase

More than 150 workers from across Maine visited the State House on Thursday to ask legislators a simple question: do you stand with working families, or with large corporations and

education

Sen. Dow attempts to shield wealthy from taxes, undo Question 2

When I wrote last week about members of the state Legislature working to undermine the will of Maine voters by rolling back key provisions of the referenda passed into law

public assistance

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

federal

Sen. Collins’ long, silent walk, Maine’s next referendum and the fight for family care

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn, Ben and Mike talk about the wave of protests that greeted Sen. Susan Collins on her return to the state, including an especially

John Kosinski

School funding in limbo as Gov. LePage refuses to implement Question 2

Governor Paul LePage and Maine Republicans are apparently having trouble deciding which election outcomes should or should not be respected, with Mainers treated to the strange spectacle of a governor

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

state budget

Throwing me out of a hearing won’t stop me from speaking against Gov. LePage’s budget

On Friday, I was ejected from a committee hearing of the Maine Legislature where members of the public were testifying on the tax and school funding changes in Gov. LePage’s