Maine Center for Economic Policy

The Maine Center for Economic Policy is a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income Mainers. For 20 years, the Maine Center for Economic Policy has been helping to secure improved economic opportunity for working families by advocating for fairer tax policies, for access to education, health care, and livable wage jobs, and for critical investment in government programs and services on which Maine people rely. The Maine Center for Economic Policy provides citizens, policymakers, advocates, and media with credible and rigorous economic analysis that advances economic justice and prosperity for all Maine people.

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  • Unions promote stronger, fairer economy for all workers

    Labor unions are a time-tested way for workers to organize and negotiate collectively for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. By advocating for better conditions in their own workplaces, unions also set standards for workers throughout the country. While union membership has declined since the 1960s, unions are still key to building a […]

  • A New Great Depression in Rural Maine

    New data released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis provide more evidence of Maine’s lackluster economy, and the failure of policies pursued by Governor LePage and his allies. In the first quarter of 2017, Maine’s economy saw no real growth. Zero.  That was the lowest rate in New England, and the seventh-worst performance of any […]

  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act Puts Maine’s Health Care and Economy at Risk

    Congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would put health coverage at risk for tens of thousands of Mainers, increase costs for hundreds of thousands more, and reduce access to services in many communities. The House bill, the “American Health Care Act,” (AHCA) and the Senate bill, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” ultimately […]

  • Making the Most of Maine’s Next Budget

    The state budget lays the foundation of a strong economy and thriving communities. For Maine to prosper, the budget must address shared problems and work to meet common goals. Good budgets raise enough revenue to make investments that build a stronger workforce, help young families make a good start, support modern infrastructure, and address other […]

  • Moving Maine Students to the Head of the Class

    This November, Maine voters will consider a ballot initiative (Question 2) that rolls back recent tax breaks for the wealthy and dedicates this revenue toward additional state level resources for schools. The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) examined the context for this initiative, its potential to promote tax fairness, and its capacity to improve […]

  • Restoring the Value of Work

    This November, Maine voters will consider a ballot question that would raise the state minimum wage incrementally to $12 an hour by 2020 and gradually increase the subminimum wage for tipped workers until it equals the minimum wage for non-tipped workers by 2026. The Maine Center for Economic Policy analyzed the potential immediate and longterm […]