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Maine children in foster care numbered 1,768 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Maine at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 1,768, an 11.6 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Maine, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Maine is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Maine K-12 schools paid out $15,721 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Maine spent $15,721 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 15th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

12% of Maine residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Maine residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 12 percent of the state’s population, the 20th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Maine offers 31 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Maine number 31, the seventh lowest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Maine schools get 56.9% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Nearly 57 percent of Maine public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the sixth highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Maine reach $1.4 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Maine amount to $1.4 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the eighth lowest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Maine averaged $53,815

Teachers’ salaries in Maine averaged $53,815 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 26th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Maine reach $908 million, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Maine amount to $908 million in the first quarter of 2019, the seventh lowest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Maine’s public pensions are 67.8 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Maine’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 67.8 percent of the total, the 28th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Maine reach $4.2 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Maine amount to $4.2 billion, the 10th lowest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bangor’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Maine

The Bangor metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Maine, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

Maine earns grade of C- for manufacturing health

Maine received a grade of C- on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Cumberland County’s $3,614-per-month cost of living is the highest in Maine

Residents of Cumberland County need to make $3,614 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Maine.

Maine’s public pensions are 67.1% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Maine’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 67.1 percent of the total, the 27th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Maine disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Maine is $30,321, study finds

College graduates in Maine have an average debt burden of $30,321, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

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