The details of three what are sure to be controversial initiatives proposed by Gov. Paul LePage during his State of the State address last month became public Tuesday when they were presented to the Legislature for formal consideration. Upgrades to the enforcement side of Maine’s war on drugs, a bill to require that high schools […]
New estimates of how much school districts can expect to receive in state funding next year were released Monday by the Department of Education, which has posted the district-by-district figures on its website. In some ways the numbers are significant because many Maine towns and cities are in the midst of developing their budgets for […]
Munjoy Hill representative and legalized-weed warrior Diane Russell, D-Portland, delivered a memo signed by 37 lawmakers to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Friday, urging appropriators to consider potential revenue from legalized marijuana as part of the fix for the $170 million shortfall in the current budget cycle.
So, something weird happened around 6 p.m. Monday. Democrats on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee voted to approve a bill to restore a $40 million reduction in municipal revenue sharing in the state budget. Absent from the process, though, were any Republican members of the committee. The reason for that is … hairy, to say the […]
Minor fireworks in the aftermath of debate in the House of Representatives today on whether to establish true early voting in Maine. Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland, is taking umbrage with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, for comments he made during the debate that Russell said needlessly lumped women in with convicted murderers. Fredette’s comments […]
The Republican Governors Association this week came out with a new ad promoting Gov. Paul LePage, praised in the three-minute video clip as an example of the American Dream. The ad tells the story of LePage’s hardscrabble childhood — from the beatings from his father to his time on the streets — and contrasts that […]
In an impromptu meeting with reporters Monday, Gov. Paul LePage said he didn’t support the idea of using managed care organizations as a way of lowering the cost of health care in Maine, saying quality of care would decline along with cost to the state.. Though word has not come out officially, several parties with […]