Category Archives: Governor LePage

Daily Brief: More changes in Democratic leadership; fashionable and ready for snow

The chatter in the State House for the next couple of days will be the same as the chatter is everywhere else in New England, and at long last I’m not talking about deflated footballs. It’s going to snow and this incoming storm looks to be a doozy. Stay safe, people.  I expect state offices […]

Video: LePage tells Verso to ‘get out of the state of Maine’

PORTLAND, MAINE -- 01/22/15 -- Gov. Paul LePage told Verso Paper to "get out of the state" on Thursday in Portland. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Gov. Paul LePage said his message to Verso Paper Corp. executives is to “get out of the state of Maine” and echoed allegations from one of the millworkers’ unions that the company sold the mill for scrap to prevent competition. “Get out of the state of Maine,” LePage said Thursday morning in response to a reporter’s question. “Those […]

Daily Brief: LePage preparing 20 budget bills; clean elections headed back to the ballot

Good morning, folks. We’re still in orientation mode at the State House.  The Legislature’s policy committees are ramping up to full speed this week with a long list of introductory and informational meetings scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Despite the attention that the House and Senate garner when bills finally make their way there, the […]

Daily Brief: LePage not expecting much from Obama’s State of the Union

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron appear at their joint press conference following meeting at the White House

Good morning from Augusta, where lawmakers have returned after the three-day weekend.  This week, members of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee begin their deeper look at Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion two-year budget. While we’ve heard the broad strokes of the governor’s plan, senior LePage administration officials this week will brief the committee about the specific funding and budget […]

Hospitals lobbyist says LePage budget provision is a ‘sick tax’ in disguise

Maine Medical Center in Portland. BDN file photo by Seth Koenig.

A lobbyist for Maine’s hospitals is not too pleased with the portion of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget proposal that would allow municipalities to tax nonprofit property — including private colleges, parochial schools and hospitals. The colleges have said the proposal would place an “undue economic burden” on students. Now, the hospitals are also lining up to […]