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    Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Student Loan Debt Hurts Maine Workers

    The Project on Student Debt reported this week that Maine, unfortunately, was true to our state motto “Dirigo;” Maine college grads are in the top 10 for the largest average student debt. The report has reminded me of how very fortunate I was to graduate from college debt-free in 1978. I was lucky again when, three years later, I graduated from law school with modest debt. I was able to […]

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    Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Right to Work for Less Law Threatens Maine Workers

    In my post last week, I optimistically discussed the fact that against a sea of red on Election Day, five states—Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota—had enacted legislation increasing the minimum wage, and another, Massachusetts, had become the third state in the Union to provide for paid sick leave. With 20/20 hindsight, I now see that I was looking for a silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. Maybe […]

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    Tuesday Nov 11, 2014 | 6:00 am

    Educating and Employing Our Veterans

    Veterans Day is a federal holiday to honor all people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Formerly Armistice Day, it is held on November 11 each year, to recognize the official end of World War I, reached on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Following World War II, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day […]

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    Thursday Nov 06, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Workers Make Gains in 2014 Elections!

    True confessions time. I admit it, I’m a political junkie. Not much of a confession really. Those who know me undoubtedly already know this, and anyone who reads this blog probably already has figured it out. I’ve been a junkie ever since I was a young boy. My history teachers encouraged me. I can still remember the praise I received from my sixth grade teacher for a column I wrote […]

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    Tuesday Nov 04, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    It’s Not Just The NSA Watching

    Some think he’s patriot, others think he’s a traitor – Edward Snowden, that is. Like him or not, he has given the world convincing evidence that the NSA collects communications data on us all. This so-called metadata includes information on telephone calls, e-mails, text messages and internet activity. It is stored in huge electronic warehouses where it will remain accessible for decades. Odds are that, while it collects all this […]

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    Thursday Oct 30, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Is $80,000 Too Much for a Maine Worker to Earn?

    In a debate last week among the Maine gubernatorial candidates, Governor Paul LePage stated that Mainers making $100,000 were “not that rich.” Following the debate, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud pounced on the Governor’s remark, emailing supporters about Governor LePage’s statement. News reports and columnists, including Bill Nemitz at the Portland Press Herald, also criticized the Governor. Nemitz pointed out that only 16.4% of Maine families make $100,000 or more, 6.3% […]

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    Thursday Oct 23, 2014 | 11:51 am

    “They’re Closing All the Factories Down”

    I’m leaving tomorrow to attend Parent’s Weekend at my daughter’s college in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve gone there, and every time I go, the old Billy Joel tune “Allentown” starts running through my head. I never was much of a Billy Joel fan, but I can’t escape the lines “Well we’re living here in Allentown / And they’re closing all the factories down.” Not […]

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  • Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Bates College Leading the Way in Disability Employment

    Last Friday, I attended the Disability Rights Center’s annual dinner in Freeport, where Bates College was presented with the DRC’s 2014 Business Award for actively recruiting individuals with disabilities to the workforce. Bates, which employs more than 750 Maine people, worked with the Maine Department of Labor to develop a systemic approach to actively recruit people with disabilities into its workforce. We need more employers like Bates. October is National […]

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    Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    “Help Me Obama!” Wage Raise Postponed for America’s Neediest

    Quick. What’s the fastest growing occupation in America? IT programmer? Nope. Hospitality worker? Nope. Ready to cry uncle? Ok, I’ll give you a clue. These folks work with aging baby boomers and the chronically ill. If you said health care professional, you’re getting hot. Actually, it’s home health care aide. Now guess who are among the lowest paid workers in America? Did I hear you say home health workers? You […]

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