Congress should focus on addressing the many rising costs that are hurting Mainers

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Megan Michaud is vice president of programs and policy at the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

As rising costs add financial pressure and the economy continues to reset from the shocks of the pandemic, all Mainers — whether they’re from Limestone, Lewiston, Près Isle or Portland — should have what they need to overcome these challenges.

Emergency relief during the initial months of the pandemic helped most families and workers survive the immediate crisis. But even before COVID-19 and inflation, the basics we all rely on to care for our families, including health care and child care, were too expensive for everyday Mainers. Now, wages have risen for many people, and unemployment is low, but with prices of everything from gas to groceries rising, we need our elected leaders to act so we don’t lose the ground we’ve gained.

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