The Buffett rule legislation introduced today by House Majority Leader Seth Berry is a step in the right direction and is a good beginning to the conversation on tax fairness. The legislation, which state and national polling shows to be overwhelmingly popular, would help to close Maine's budget gap while making the state's tax structure more fair.



Today, the House and Senate co-chairs of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee joined members of the Maine People’s Alliance to release “Broken Bootstraps: Falling Behind on Full-Time Work”, a report by the Alliance for a Just Society which examines the growing gap between the number of jobseekers in Maine and jobs available that pay a living wage.


The "fiscal cliff" was a political creation that treated foundational programs like unemployment insurance and Social Security - programs many Mainers depend upon for survival - as political bargaining chips. Our members spoke up loudly to demand an end to the Bush tax cuts on earned income above $250,000/year, and MPA members were vocal about the need to protect and strengthen programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Over the past two months, thousands of Mainers took action with MPA to support these common-sense budget solutions.


Volunteers with the Maine People's Alliance visited the offices of Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins in Augusta to urge them to vote with the people of Maine and end the Bush-era tax breaks for individuals who make over $250,000 a year.

Click on the images to find more information on the Bush tax breaks and the budget showdown in Washington DC.

More Information at Americans For Tax Fairness 


Two-thirds of voters (67%) say "making the tax system more fair" was a "very" or "fairly important consideration in making [their] voting decisions this year," according to a new poll released today by Hart Research Associates on behalf of Americans for Tax Fairness.

With a planned party-line budget vote today, Maine Republicans are set to take an historic action. By ratifying Governor Paul LePage's deep cuts to important health care programs and his giant new tax breaks that mainly benefit the wealthy, they are set to make Maine's economic policy the most ideological and extreme of any state in the nation.

Less than a month ago, the Maine People's Alliance called for an investigation into what led DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, a former corporate lobbyist, to provide incorrect budgetary information to the Appropriations Committee, leading to massive cuts to health care programs protecting Maine's most vulnerable. 

Over the weekend, Governor Paul LePage made a series of contradictory on-air statements about what happened at DHHS and personally attacked those who have asked for answers. MPA believes this reinforces the need for an independent investigation. 

Many of the more than 50 State Legislators who have endorsed a responsible solution on the state budget will join 175 members of the Maine People's Alliance in the Hall of Flags on Thursday to declare that the burden of balancing the budget shouldn't fall solely on those who can least afford it.