Economic Policy Discussed in Augusta 

Lawmakers have the next two months to figure out how to balance a budget that’s coming up $438,000,000 short.On Monday the Maine Center for Economic Policy held a conference in Augusta to offer advice on how to do it.That group says policymakers must be willing to consider short-term tax hikes.National Economic Policy Institute president, Larry Mishel says Maine needs to look to the feds for help too. “I think it’s really important important the President and Congress return to create more jobs to do so by providing more unemployment insurance relief, more relief to states so they don’t cut programs, raise taxes and do more to damage the economy.”Nine states are considering or have passed laws to raise taxes on households with incomes more than $250,000.If Maine were to do that it’s estimated it would generate about $80,000,000 over the next two years.