Category Archives: Maine

The (false) promise of jobs

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FROM an op-ed titled A promise to grow jobs, shrink government that no Maine politician is making, authored by Allison Mitchell and published in this morning’s BDN: In just a month, America votes. Here in Maine, I’ll be looking for candidates smart and bold enough to call for investment in Maine’s future. As a parent, […]

Maine’s personal income growth for second quarter on par with New England, Nation

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THE Bureau of Economic Analysis released State Quarterly Personal Income figures for the second quarter of this year.  Maine’s personal income grew from the first quarter to the second of this year by 1.5%, with net earnings* (0.8 percentage points), dividends, interest, and rents (0.3 pp), and transfer receipts** (0.4 pp) making up that increase. […]

On Ending Economic Bidding Wars Among the States

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AS reported by the LA Times, a four state bidding war for Tesla’s battery plant was finally settled earlier this month, with Nevada ‘winning’ the bid.  In exchange for the electric car maker’s roughly 6,500 jobs, Nevada’s bid included: Tesla will get more than $1.25 billion in tax breaks and other incentives.  That includes up […]

According to the NYT, to boost incomes, the U.S. should be more like Russia, less like Germany

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AS noted here yesterday, the statistics thrown around by those concerned that a workforce is lagging in education are sometimes misleading.  In the case of my post yesterday, newly appointed UMaine President Sue Hunter made some curious remarks: A part of it is when you look at educational attainment in New England … the rate […]

Degree Inflation and Amy Volk makes too much sense

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FROM a recent BDN piece (my emphasis): UMaine President Sue Hunter, who was appointed in June, spoke recently with the Bangor Daily News about her goals, the challenges the university faces and the role the university should play in the state’s economic future. . . .  A part of it is when you look at educational attainment […]

What’s actually alarming about the Portland study

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From the PPH (for the BDN piece): Portland is losing ground at an “alarming” rate, according to a new study examining nearly 30 indicators of where the city’s economy is headed. Portland’s Economic Scorecard 2014-2015, to be released Tuesday by the Portland Community Chamber, shows that the city has experienced lackluster improvement – or no […]

Philadelphia Fed predicts economic growth for Maine over the next 6 months

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FROM the Philadelphia Fed: The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released the leading indexes for the 50 states for July 2014. The indexes are a six-month forecast of the state coincident indexes (also released by the Bank). Forty-five state coincident indexes are projected to grow over the next six months, while five are projected […]

Maine wages level off from 2013 – 2014

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THE Center for Workforce Research and Information released average weekly wage data for the first quarter of this year for Maine.  Overall, wages leveled off from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, with real wages for all industries declining $1.40, and real wages for service providing industries and goods producing industries declining $1.59 and $2.56, respectively. […]