Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:18
On Lobby Day, February 12th, more than a hundred MPA members gathered in the hall of flags to participate in the official launch of the ‘Fair Tax Towns’ campaign. Members joined mayors and town officials in calling for legislators to reject the deep cuts in Governor LePage’s biennial budget in favor of revenue generated by making Maine’s tax system more fair.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:12
The 126th Legislative session has barely begun, but Maine People’s Alliance Citizen Lobby Teams are already making an impact in our state’s capitol. Over two dozen members representing all six regional chapters have been active in just the first two weeks of the session. The Maine People’s Alliance is the only group in the state with a constant citizen lobbying presence in Augusta, making their presence known in halls which would otherwise be filled only with paid lobbyists. This is one of MPA’s most powerful and effective tools for moving an agenda forward – when a member shares their p
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:11
Last year saw major setbacks in the fight to keep corporate money out of Maine politics. The Republican controlled legislature, in the face of Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United, chose to gut Maine’s Clean Elections laws rather than reform them. Consequently, during the election, Maine saw record spending from large outside groups on both state and federal races.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:09
In 2011, after months of debate over the need to raise the debt ceiling and the appropriate size of the federal budget, Congress passed a temporary budget with a built-in “fiscal cliff” set to kick in at the end of 2012. This political creation was meant to spur Congress to action by enacting deep, across-the-board cuts to many domestic spending programs, including the military budget. The logic was that, since these cuts were so unsavory to both parties, they would be forced to cooperate and compromise to find a solution.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:06
The Maine People's Alliance will continue to work on comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and is supporting the “Keeping Families Together” campaign to call for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level. The campaign was kicked off with renewed hope after Obama won a second term by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), a coalition of the largest and most powerful grassroots immigrant rights organizations in the country. FIRM represents hundreds of thousands of immigrant families in more than 30 states.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:05
From Bangor to Scarborough to Boothbay to Waterville and hundreds of other Maine towns, candidates won on Election Day this past November who stood up and spoke out for the everyday Maine values of community and fairness and focused their campaigns on improving the lives on Maine people. They showed the strength of their convictions and Maine voters responded.
Submitted by Mike on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:01
The end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 has seen a great deal of activity by MPA and the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine in our work to protect Maine citizens from toxic chemicals. The Alliance is building momentum off of its successful presentation to the Maine Board of Environmental Protection in September to petition for the banning of baby food, formula and toddler food packaging containing the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol-A).
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 15:59
The Obama Administration is quietly indicating its intent to change the way federal trade agreements are approved and speed up trade deals, but at the risk of hurting businesses here in Maine. Officials are signaling the possibility of introducing new legislation that would give the White House so called “fast-track” trade negotiating authority.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 15:53
The last two years have not been kind to Mainers struggling with the cost of and access to health care. Now that power in Augusta has shifted, however, Maine has a great opportunity to change direction and start moving forward on health care again. One of the most detrimental things that happened during the last session was the passage of Public Law 90, also known as the rate hike bill.
Submitted by andrew.francis on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 15:40
Before the 2012 election, the Maine People's Alliance launched a campaign for a Fair Share Economy. MPA's vision proposed that everyone, including wealthy individuals and corporations, should pay their fair share and that health care, education, and job opportunities should be guaranteed as human rights for everyone in Maine. The message of this campaign and the work of MPA and organizational allies helped elect progressive majorities to the House an