Category Archives: Governor LePage

LePage to DC to talk natural gas, hydro power with congressional committee

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, at a recent public forum in Belfast. BDN file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

Gov. Paul LePage is en route to Washington, D.C, where he’ll testify Wednesday before to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on energy and power. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, will focus on Republican-backed proposals to expedite the interstate natural gas pipeline permitting process and streamline hydropower licensing and increase hydropower […]

LePage vetoes 2 bills, resubmits them as part of his budget package

Two tax code proposals that Gov. Paul LePage vetoed recently have come back to lawmakers at the hand of the governor himself, raising questions about why LePage supports concepts now that he vetoed just a few weeks ago. The answer, according to his staff, is that he wants tax reform considered as a package, not piece-by-piece. However, considering a […]

LePage vetoes ‘what’s a pint?’ bill; Pingree leads charge for Robin Hood tax

Good morning from the State House, where Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to restructure the Maine Forest Service nears a recommendation from the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. That committee convenes today at 1 p.m. for work sessions on three bills that all address forest service staffing issues. LePage proposes to separate forest rangers’ firefighting […]

Lawmakers looking for better ways to put a drink in your hand

Good morning from Augusta, where the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will spend much of the day pondering better ways for us all to have a drink or two, maybe at no charge. No joke.  Among the bills on the committee’s docket this morning are bids to authorize free wine samples at restaurants, to allow sales […]

At LePage’s request, lawmakers will vote on Article V balanced budget convention

Gov. Paul LePage, left, and Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, during the governor's second inauguration in January. BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Maine could become the 28th state to join the call for a constitutional convention with the hopes of amending the U.S. Constitution to require balanced budgets at the federal level. Jim Cyr, a spokesman for Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, confirmed Thursday that Thibodeau would introduce a joint resolution in the Legislature at the request […]