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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

Susan Collins

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

Maine Legislature

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

fair taxes

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

education

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

education

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

Maine Legislature

It’s about time to fund our damn schools

This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. Over the next few weeks, many compromises will need to be made in Augusta to negotiate a two-year state budget and

democracy

Do you want Trumps? Because disregarding the will of the people is how you get Trumps.

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben, Taryn and Mike discuss the retirement of Mary Mayhew, the Maine Supreme Court decision on ranked-choice voting and the path forward for the

fair taxes

Mainers disagree with focus on tax cuts for wealthy, would blame GOP for shutdown

Mainers rank a tax cut for the wealthy proposed by Governor Paul LePage and Republican legislative leaders as their lowest priority for the state budget and say they would largely