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How the lottery is rigged against Maine

It’s hard to imagine a tax that people would line up to pay; a tax so enticing it would be the topic of conversation week after week. But that’s exactly

Paul LePage

Gov. LePage’s corporate backers are being heard. Are you?

It’s almost election day, Maine! So what does that mean? What, that is to say, is the point of voting? That “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain”? Lies! You

fair taxes

It’s time to stand up against Gov. LePage’s anti-education agenda

I got my first taste of Maine politics in 2011, when, as a sophomore Education major at the University of Maine at Farmington, a recently-elected Governor LePage vowed to balance

education

Gov. LePage should stop exploiting young Mainers to push tax cuts for the rich

Compared to previous outings Governor LePage has made to Androscoggin county, his most recent trip to Lewiston this week for a public forum was relatively subdued. He didn’t, for example,

Paul LePage

August 7, 2015 – Finally, the truth about welfare in Maine

In this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben Chin interviews Christine Hastedt, Public Policy Director for Maine Equal Justice Partners. Chris explains how public assistance in Maine works and who

Paul LePage

Ron Schmidt: LePage’s veto letter is more governance by blackmail

“Transparency” is something that everyone claims to want in government, and no wonder. At the best of times, governing can be quite opaque. But every now and then, something happens

Maine Legislature

The real story: How four Senate Democrats sold out Maine’s asylum seekers

The fight to make sure Maine continues General Assistance (GA) funding for asylum seekers and prevents more than a thousand families from becoming homeless likely ended on Monday. That’s when

Maine Legislature

Ron Schmidt: How to respond to an immoral budget

The novelist Thomas Mann once asked, “what good would politics be, if it didn’t give everyone the opportunity to make moral compromises?” That might read as humorous cynicism, but Mann

state budget

Small business group’s radio ads criticize Fredette, Maine House GOP on state budget

“Ken Fredette and the House Republicans are threatening to shut down the state government unless they can get more tax breaks for the rich,” intones a new ad running on

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How Maine’s legislature can pass a budget and prevent a state shutdown

After the Bangor Daily News broke the story on a proposed compromise budget plan last night and then a number of media outlets today reported that the deal was off,