MPA Releases Legislative Scorecard



Today the Maine People's Alliance released their scorecard for the first session of the 126th Maine Legislature.

Maine’s Economy Isn’t Working


On the heels of new census data released this week, the Maine People's Alliance and the Coalition on Human Needs have released a report that shows that Maine’s working class is continuing to struggle in a sluggish economy burdened by federal budget cuts and congressional inaction.

Congress: Stop Attacks on SNAP

With Congress scheduled to vote this week on legislation making deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Mainers who depend on food assistance to feed their families and advocates for the program urged lawmakers today to end corporate tax loopholes as an alternative to the cuts.

Move Forward

MPA Endorses Michaud, Calls for Unity among Progressives With the earliest gubernatorial endorsement in the organization’s history, the Maine People’s Alliance Campaign Vote! board has decided to back Congressman Mike Michaud in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Social Security Works for Maine

MPA Celebrates Program’s Continued Success on 78th Anniversary
 
On the 78th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, the Maine People’s Alliance released a report detailing the importance of the program to Maine and called on the state’s Congressional delegation to continue to support and invest in the program.

Cowards Caucus

Last night, the House of Representatives failed by two votes to override the Governor’s veto of LD 1066, a bill to allow Maine to accept federal funds to provide health insurance for 70,000 Mainers.

Maine People's Alliance health care organizer Jennie Pirkl issued a word of warning to two Republican lawmakers who had previously voted for the bill but switched their votes when it mattered most.

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Fredette's Sexist Comments

Today on the House floor, Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R – Newport) declared that he and most of his Republican caucus oppose accepting federal funds to expand health care coverage because of a difference in the ways people of different genders think. He cited the book Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus and claimed that his "man’s brain" was more concerned with costs while Democrats just want to get things for free.

Revenue on Table for Republicans

 
The bill being announced today to be introduced by Representative Gary Knight has a number of flaws and weaknesses, but it represents a welcome recognition from Republican members of the Legislature, including prominent members of the Tea Party caucus, that there are no more cuts to be made in the state budget and that increasing revenue must be part of any workable solution.
 

55 Towns Oppose LePage Budget

Buffett Rule Bill Start to Tax Fairness

 

 

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