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corporate influence

Mainers join a national movement to stop predatory payday lenders

When the Maine Center for Economic Policy joined a dozen nonprofit labor, business, senior, economic justice, and community organizations from Maine to call for stronger federal consumer protections against predatory

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Rep. Poliquin’s votes against Medicare, Social Security come back to haunt him

Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, visited Maine last week to support Emily Cain, the Democratic challenger to Second-District Republican

Wall Street

TV ads hit Rep. Poliquin on Medicare privatization vote

New television ads airing in Maine are criticizing Second-District Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin for voting to “end the Medicare guarantee” in favor of higher profits for insurance and drug companies.

Wall Street

Even with state protections, Mainers are vulnerable to online predatory lenders

A new consumer guide released by the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection shows that even with Maine’s current regulations on predatory lending, many people remain vulnerable to the predatory

corporate influence

How Big Oil used Jim Crow to control Saudi Arabia

Ben Chin dives into a review of America’s Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, his first summer reading recommendation.

fair wages

Maine’s superwealthy don’t seem to mind tax fairness referendum

In this week’s episode of the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss new support among small business owners for the minimum wage campaign, the announcement of new federal payday lending

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Are Maine’s predatory lending protections about to go national?

This morning in Kansas City, Missouri, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) head Richard Cordry formally unveiled a long-awaited proposal to rein in the worst practices of the payday lending industry.

Wall Street

Payday loan industry bill threatens vulnerable Mainers

The Maine Center for Economic Policy has joined hundreds of civil rights, consumer, labor, faith, veterans, seniors, and community organizations across the nation to strongly urge its Congressional Delegation to

Ryan Greenwood

Maine’s minimum wage and a national movement for economic justice

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike have a conversation with Ryan Greenwood, director of movement politics for National People’s Action on the national context and philosophical grounding of the

economy

Bernie Sanders loves us, and so we love him

I support Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. With all my heart. He is a candidate that inspires strong emotion. He is a candidate who inspires love. Judging