Category Archives: Other news

Chris Christie headed to Portland Wednesday for ‘special announcement’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie swings through Becky's Diner in Portland with Gov. Paul LePage in this May 2014 photo. BDN file photo by Troy Bennett.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who on Tuesday announced his candidacy for president, will arrive at Becky’s Diner in Portland at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to his official campaign schedule. Christie was in New Hampshire for a town hall forum Tuesday evening, when several journalists following him on the campaign trail first reported his Maine […]

State spending would jump $164 million in LePage budget; $294 million in Legislature’s version

Good morning from Augusta, where negotiations over the biennial state budget haven’t slowed even though the Appropriations Committee made its long-awaited recommendation early Saturday morning.  Despite the vote, legislative leaders spent much of the weekend at the State House trying to hash out a deal that will garner the two-thirds support the budget needs for […]

Support split on LePage’s bond blockage, but memories of Grateful Dead in Augusta live on

Good morning from Augusta, where the Appropriations Committee is working double duty. Public hearings on a range of bond proposals will occupy them through the afternoon and more work on the biennial budget will begin again this evening.  There were indications on Tuesday that the committee was nearing conclusion of the budget. If it wasn’t […]

Communication breakdown: Letter contradicts LePage claim that budget writers dodged him

Republicans and Democrats alike have raised concerns in recent weeks that progress on the biennial state budget bill has been hampered by Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to allow Maine Revenue Services to run numbers related to the various tax reform proposal that have been under discussion recently. That kind of analysis, which leads to estimates […]