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Public News Service - ME: Poverty Issues

There was cause for celebration for supporters of Question 4, as the state minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour over the weekend. (Maine AFL-CIO)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour starting on Saturday, and will increase each year by $1 per hour until it reaches $12

Local union and social-justice advocates say important questions linger about Gov. Paul LePage's plan to use a private contractor to administer a Maine job-training program. (MSEA)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has said he doesn't understand all the hoopla, but questions remain about his plan to contract with an out-of-state company to administer part of the state's welfare program. According to Maine State Employees Association President Ramona Welton, Gov. LePage

Maine farmers were busy this weekend, with a tractor parade in Augusta to help fight hunger. Maine has the most farms in New England, but is also tops in food insecurity. (NightThree/Wikimedia Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine, and Alicyn Smart, executive director at the Maine Farm Bureau, said it's a cruel irony that more than 200,000 Mainer

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundation’s $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati

GRAPHIC: Public and private efforts to lift Maine’s children out of poverty should take a two-generation approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. Graphic credit: Pixabay.

PORTLAND, Maine - Public and private efforts to lift Maine's children out of poverty should take a "two-generation" approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. The report says parents should be given the tools and skills to get on track to better economic opportunities if

Maine gets a B-minus in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn’t support – new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. The study is timed for the White House Summit on Working Families. Photo credit: National Partnership for Women and Families.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine gets a B-minus in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn't support – new parents in terms of such things as leave time and job protection. The report, from the National Partnership for Women and Families, acknowledges where Maine goes beyond

PHOTO: Jim Doyle shares his locally grown produce with the Bread for the Journey food pantry in Warren. Volunteers 50 and older are digging in to help combat food insecurity that affects about 15 percent of Maine residents. Photo courtesy ENCorps.

BANGOR, Maine - Food insecurity is a problem that affects about 15 percent of Maine's population. It means people do not have access to enough nutritious food on a daily basis. A program involving volunteers age 50 and older is digging in to help. The ENCore Leadership Corps each year trains about

GRAPHIC: Without their Social Security benefits, the number of Maine seniors living in poverty would jump by 36 percentage points, according to a new report. Courtesy CBPP

PORTLAND, Maine - Without their Social Security benefits, the number of Maine seniors living in poverty would jump by 36 percentage points, according to a new report. In these difficult economic times, said report author Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Prioriti

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