Presented by the Maine Center for Economic Policy
How did COVID-19 impact Maine’s workforce and who was affected the most? Which barriers did workers face on the job and in returning to work? How effective was the response of policymakers? What are some lessons learned to create a fairer economy and ensure no one is left behind in the future?
In State of Working Maine 2021 — MECEP’s signature annual report released last week — economic policy analyst James Myall provides answers and analysis addressing these critical questions.
On Tuesday, November 16 at noon we invite you to join James and Matt Schlobohm, MECEP board member and executive director of Maine AFL-CIO, for a virtual conversation and Q&A to gain additional insight and perspectives into State of Working Maine 2021.
State of Working Maine 2021 underscores that there are many factors creating barriers that prevent Mainers from returning to work. And the research in this report echoes findings from the recent U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey and a July survey from Maine Department of Labor: effective ways to remove these obstacles include controlling the spread of COVID-19, expanding child care and other social infrastructure supports, and enhancing the quality and quantity of jobs that match worker's skillsets and provide good pay and benefits.
It turns out that taking benefits away from workers is not the way to build a stronger, more inclusive economy. But we know closing loopholes that allow people with wealth and corporations to avoid paying their fair share will provide resources to help Maine working families thrive — and we appreciate this article from Rep. Mo Terry supporting the principle of tax fairness.
To register for the event, visit the registration page.