state budget

Maine Legislature

Maine kids and teachers lobby legislators on school funding gap

Some Maine students and teachers spent part of their February break in Augusta this year, trading the hallways of local schools for the halls of the State House on Thursday

education

LePage admin hides behind teachers to mask corporate tax giveaway

The Maine Department of Administration and Finance issued a press release today with the astute headline “Tax conformity matters to Maine teachers and families.” While I and the Maine Center

Bernie Sanders

Democrats stand strong on taxes and education, while Gov. LePage retreats from everything

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, Mike Tipping and Ben Chin discuss the results of the New Hampshire primaries, the strong bipartisan vote in the Maine House against a

education

Maine House votes down corporate tax giveaway

Two Republicans joined the entire House Democratic caucus on Tuesday in a vote to amend Gov. Paul LePage’s tax conformity proposal, effectively cancelling a new tax break benefiting mostly large

money in politics

A dramatic reading of Rep. Timberlake’s poetry, feeling bad for the marijuana campaign and primary predictions

Today on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike talk referendums, corporate influence at the state and national level, the New Hampshire primaries and the unintentional poetry of Rep. Jeff Timberlake.

economy

Gov. LePage demands $22 million in new corporate tax breaks, refuses to pay for them

Memebers of the Maine Legislature’s Taxation Committee tabled Gov. Paul LePage’s $38 million tax conformity package yesterday after administration officials refused to say how the plan, which includes a new

gun safety

Is ranked choice voting constitutional, will Clean Elections be funded, and what the heck is bonus depreciation?

On this episode of the Beacon Podcast, MPA’s Mike Tipping and Ben Chin do a referendum round-up of the many issues potentially headed for November’s ballot, discuss a new corporate

corporate influence

Maine voters backed Clean Elections, but will legislators listen?

At a State House press conference yesterday, advocates for Maine’s Clean Elections system of public campaign financing urged lawmakers to respect the will of the voters as demonstrated in last

public assistance

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

state budget

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