state budget

education

Maine voters feel strongly that legislators should honor referendum results

A new survey shows that large majorities of Mainers want the legislature to leave laws recently passed by referendum alone. 79% agreed that “the Maine legislature should respect the outcome

Mary Mayhew

LePage administration’s empty rhetoric won’t help poor kids

Right-wing talking points and ideological delusion are hurting kids in Maine. While the number of children in the state who are hungry has increased, the LePage administration has hidden away

Paul LePage

LePage and Mayhew are politicizing poor kids

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Joby Thoyalil of Maine Equal Justice Partners joins Taryn and Mike to discuss the LIFT act, Gov. LePage’s missing money and his politicization of

clean energy

Gov. LePage is gaslighting Maine

This week on the Beacon podcast, Taryn Ben and Mike discuss Gov. LePage’s tax remarks (and whether they’re a malicious lie or just betray a basic ignorance) and the Republicans’

municipal

Is Gov. LePage lying about taxes, or just ignorant?

This Monday, while Governor LePage was confidently and completely mischaracterizing how the surcharge on incomes above $200,000 per year mandated by 2016’s Question 2 referendum would impact the wealthiest in

state budget

You can help choose what issues MPA rates legislators on this year

From the outside looking in, the rapid-fire happenings in Augusta and the twists and turns of the legislative process can seem downright dizzying. (To be honest, it’s not all that

fair taxes

Gov. LePage will launch statewide campaign to push new tax breaks for the wealthy

Saying he’s “on a campaign now, until I leave office,” Maine Governor Paul LePage declared in a press conference on Monday that he’ll be holding events across the state to

state budget

Mainers rally against GOP attempt to roll back fair taxes and school funding referendum

Mainers who helped to pass Question 2, the referendum to funds local schools through a 3% tax increase on income in excess of $200,000, gathered in Augusta on Tuesday to

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s cruel budget is dead on arrival, now the real conversation begins

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy joins Taryn, Ben and Mike to talk about Maine’s state budget, examining Governor LePage’s proposal,

state budget

As Maine considers Medicaid expansion, new study shows it paid off in other states

Although the GOP-controlled Congress is pledging its continued interest — despite stalls and snags — to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest