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Public News Service - ME: Poverty Issues

In Maine, 100,000 fewer people are getting assistance with food, shelter or medical care than in 2011. (Steve Baker/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The United States is making headway in the fight against poverty, but it’s progress not being felt in Maine. A new report finds that while poverty fell dramatically in the U.S. between 2015 and 2016, Maine's poverty rate did not budge. And since 2011, the proportion

Workforce development programs provide Maine businesses with trained employees. (12019/Pixabay)

BUSHWICK, Maine – A nonprofit that trains unemployed and underemployed workers is suing Gov. LePage for withholding federal funds. This summer the U.S. Department of Labor made more than $8 million available to help Maine workers improve their skills and re-enter the job market. But the LePa

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

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