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Gov. Paul LePage smiles during a ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta in April 2012.

LePage declares five towns business-friendly; experts question economic strategy

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2012, at 7:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage declared five Maine towns business-friendly on Monday, though some experts said the program isn’t enough to counteract years of harmful policies and some of LePage’s other jobs initiatives, which they say are working against the governor’s own goals. One economic development expert questioned whether …
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Maine Center for Economic Policy gets new director

By Eric Russell on Aug. 22, 2011, at 3:26 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Center for Economic Policy has found a replacement for its longtime executive director. Christopher “Kit” St. John has led the liberal-leaning public policy agency since its inception in 1994 but announced earlier this year that he planned to retire. St. John’s departure paved the way for …

A balance of cuts and revenues needed to resolve default crisis

By Dean Crocker and Christopher St. John on July 26, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.
The Aug. 2 deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit is just days away. Without question, Congress must raise the debt limit. Failing to do so will disrupt the markets, raise interest rates for struggling businesses and families and damage our already weak economy. The economic security of thousands of …

Democrats warn health insurance overhaul could drive up costs as legislators prepare for debate

By Kevin Miller on May 09, 2011, at 6:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic lawmakers repeated calls Monday for a more bipartisan approach to overhauling Maine’s health insurance market, warning that a Republican measure could drive up costs for older Mainers as well as residents and businesses in rural areas. Republicans, meanwhile, showed no signs of backing off their plan …

Asians called fast-growing Maine ethnic group

The Associated Press on April 20, 2011, at 9:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A liberal public policy research group says Asians and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S. population, and Maine’s population reflects that trend. Citing U.S. Census figures, the Maine Center for Economic Policy says the state’s Asian population doubled in the 1990s and increased …

Governors cut taxes, medical aid to the poor

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau on April 13, 2011, at 5:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In their drive to cut medical assistance to the poor while pushing tax breaks benefiting the affluent, congressional Republicans are following the lead of a group of governors who have championed this approach to balance state budgets. The strategy — reprising the supply-side economics of the Ronald …

Hearings on Maine budget open in Augusta

The Associated Press on Feb. 28, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Hearings on Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.1 billion budget package opened Monday with a focus on taxes, and advocates were quick to weigh in with support for a package they said will either stimulate business or foist unfair burdens on those who can afford it least. During a …

7,000 on unemployment at risk if Legislature fails to comply with change in federal law

By Mal Leary on Feb. 13, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 7,000 Mainers will lose their unemployment benefits next month if lawmakers do not approve a change in state law to comply with federal changes in the unemployment insurance law passed in December. “If we do not comply with the federal language, we will lose coverage …
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