state budget

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage doubles down on inequality and racism as Mainers stand up for one another

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Mike and Ben discuss Governor LePage’s new budget proposal and racist remarks, as well as amazing rallies for health care in Portland and immigrants

Maine Legislature

LePage budget raises taxes for Mainers making less than $92,000, gives huge tax cut to top 1%

At a time when Maine families are falling out of the middle-class, when experienced workers need new skills to secure good paying jobs in a modern economy, and when state

state budget

Study: Question 2 will undo tax breaks for the wealthy, raise $159 million for Maine schools

On November 8, Maine voters will consider Question 2, a ballot initiative that would roll back recent tax breaks for the wealthy and dedicate this revenue to provide additional state

fair taxes

Gov. LePage’s austerity has stalled Maine’s economy

Maine is still waiting after 84 months for its employment levels to recover. EPI identifies short-sighted policies like cutting public spending, failing to invest in infrastructure, and refusing to accept federal monies as causes of this slow growth recovery.

economy

Leaked email: Gov. LePage plans more tax cuts for the wealthy

An internal memo leaked from a member of Governor LePage’s administration to the Portland Press Herald reveals LePage’s plans for the upcoming legislative session and the 2018-19 biennial budget. For

Mark Eves

Speaker Mark Eves on the last four years and his political future

In part two of Ben Chin’s interview with Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, they discuss his time in leadership, how many times Chief of Staff Ana Hicks said no to

retirement security

Looking back with Speaker Mark Eves, Part One

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin interviews Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, looking back on his eight years in office. In part one, they discuss how, in

Adam Goode

Episode 50: With two state legislators

Episode 50(!) of the Beacon Podcast features part one of a conversation with Rep. Adam Goode of Bangor and Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz of Orono. They discuss how they got involved

state budget

Gov. LePage fears referendum could undo his tax breaks for the wealthy

In his weekly radio address this week, Maine Governor Paul LePage attacked all five of the citizen initiatives on the ballot this November, but the Stand Up for Students initiative (which

fair wages

A waning session and a last-ditch attempt to undermine the minimum wage

Are corporate lobbyists ignorant or evil? That and other important questions are addressed on this week’s Beacon Podcast, as Ben and Mike explain what to expect in the last few