Portland Press Herald
| by Peter McGuire

The Portland Press Herald tapped Professor of Economics Michael Donihue for a story titled “Maine’s biggest unemployment jump ever put jobless rate at nearly 11% in April.” Even if the coronavirus doesn’t come back this summer and fall, Donihue fears that Maine’s economic recovery will be slow to come. “We haven’t had a recession that started in the consumer sector before,” Donihue told the Press Herald. “I am fearful that a lot of these jobs are gone long-term.” 

“If that is the case,” he continued, “and recovery takes much longer than originally expected, there may be a role for a federal program to provide basic income in exchange for public service.”

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