PORTLAND, Maine - A coalition of Maine anti-hunger groups says the Farm Bill passed by Congress this week is a win for the state's hungry.
Preble Street, Maine Equal Justice and Good Shepherd Food Bank all say the new Farm Bill is important for poor and hungry families in the state because it protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and invests in The Emergency Food Assistance Program. ... [Read More]
The farm bill passed – and in today’s Congress, that’s news. But advocates say the bill could have done much more to improve the position of small farms versus corporate interests. And in a light but direct rebuke of the Trump administration, Congress will require the Department of Agriculture to reinstate the position of Undersecretary of Rural Development. ... [Read More]
Catherine Myatt, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Bangor, wasn’t sure that offering an after-school meal every day was a good idea. But the first day of the organization’s new after-school meal program convinced her it was.
Students participating in the Boys and Girls Club’s after-school program started receiving a free meal every afternoon this past October. The meal comes to the... ... [Read More]
In a vast, rural state like Maine, social isolation is a part of life, especially so for seniors who are stuck in their homes because of physical and financial challenges. That isolation can lead to loneliness, which is considered by some experts a serious public health issue.
In western Maine, a federal program is attempting to address the loneliness problem in a fairly simple way. ... [Read More]
Maine’s economy is the best it has been since the great recession of 2008 as the Pine Tree State enters 2019 with a higher minimum wage, a budget surplus of more than $175 million and unemployment at 3.4 percent , below the national average.
“Most businesses and consumers are in the best shape they’ve been in over the last decade,” Bob Montgomery-Rice, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank, said.... ... [Read More]
One state tax incentive for investment in startup companies is considered so rare and valuable that some investors are willing to camp out overnight to get first crack at applying for it.
The Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit program offers a state income tax credit of up to 50 percent on any qualifying investment in a Maine startup. Invest $100,000, get a tax credit of $50,000. Invest $1 million, get a... ... [Read More]