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Touted as one of the top achievements in a $1.2 billion supplemental budget passed last month, state lawmakers say they are countering Maine’s severe shortage of trained direct care workers to care for seniors and people with disabilities by finally funding a long-sought wage increase. But some directors of state-subsidized congregate living facilities say the…

For years, Louise Shackett has had trouble walking or standing for long periods, making it difficult for her to clean her house in southeastern Maine or do laundry. Shackett, 80, no longer drives, which makes it hard to get to the grocery store or doctor. Her low income, though, qualifies her for a state program…

This week on the Beacon podcast, Esther Ben and Mike discuss some moments from the First Congressional District debate and whether super-spreader venues in Maine should face prosecution. Also: Without. Susan Collins has been echoing some of the most destructive language of President Donald Trump in attacks on Beacon, with her staff calling it a…

Beacon reporters Alyce McFadden and Evan Popp join the podcast to discuss their post-debate articles on Susan Collins’ Social Security record and the race’s third-party candidates. Esther, Ben and Mike dissect the debate and try to access Max Linn’s website. Also: Maine finalizes the rules for earned paid time off, which begins in January. Ask…

The frontrunners in Maine’s US Senate race, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon and Sen. Susan Collins, clashed over how they would vote to protect Social Security in Congress during Friday’s debate. In response to a question about specific proposals the candidates would support to ensure the integrity of Social Security and Medicare, Collins strongly denied…

In a series of memos and decisions this summer, the National Labor Relations Board has chipped away at workers’ rights to bargain over workplace safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, inaction and deregulatory policies implemented by the US Department of Labor have left workers on the front-lines of the…

With the awarding of $14.5 million of the Senior Housing Bond, Maine is set to create more than 200 new, affordable housing units for people 55 and older. The bond was approved by voter referendum in 2015, but wasn’t signed until last year, when Janet Mills became governor. Daniel Brennan — director of MaineHousing — says with existing…

Members of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, are rallying this Saturday at the State House Augusta to demand a contract that addresses recruitment, retention, and wage issues plaguing public service. The negotiation process has been ongoing since February, with both MSEA and the administration still “far apart”…

State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow more low-income seniors in Maine access state services that help them pay for copays, deductibles and other out-of-pocket medical costs. The bill, LD 1106, would raise the state’s income eligibility for Medicare Savings and Drugs for the Elderly programs to seniors who live within 185 percent of…

Citing the lack of competitive wages as the main driver, 83 percent of state workers report that the government agencies they work for have problems recruiting and retaining staff, while 59 percent of those workers say they have considered leaving state service all together. These findings come from a survey conducted last fall by the…

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