In-Depth: The full interview with Isabel Sawhill

In-Depth: The full interview with Isabel Sawhill

Isabel Sawhill is an economist, a former Clinton administration budget official and a public-minded scholar with a long interest in poverty, inequality and the welfare of children and families. She is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in...

The story behind the story

Reporter’s Notebook: I have been a reporter for 34 years and this was the hardest story I have ever written. It was hard because people didn’t want to talk to me. They didn’t want to give me “fodder for woman-blaming.” That statement, or a version of that...
One wrong guy and an ‘endless struggle’ for a single mom

One wrong guy and an ‘endless struggle’ for a single mom

Editor’s note: This is part two of a five-part series. Joanne R., 38 years old — “and pushing 60,” she said — has worked since she was 11. She graduated from high school, but didn’t finish college. “I never really got past the first year — life happens,” she said. But...
Criticism of tax breaks growing in legislature

Criticism of tax breaks growing in legislature

AUGUSTA – Over the past 50 years, Maine legislatures and governors have added millions of dollars in tax breaks for businesses without ever doing the detailed analysis to find out which are effective and which are wasteful. But now that may be changing. In recent...