LePage moves ahead with bid to gain Trump’s OK for stricter Medicaid rules

Maine will ask President Donald Trump’s administration to let it further rein in the state’s Medicaid program, announcing on Tuesday that the Department of Health and Human Services will have a comment period and two public hearings in May ahead of a formal request. The move was no surprise: Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced its plan in January […]

Why legislating mining in Maine is so hard, in one survey

Good morning from Augusta, where a University of Maine student has informed the simmering debate on proposed mineral mining legislation with some of the only detailed survey data that we’ve seen on the subject. It shows what you might suspect — mining is a complicated issue with many trade-offs in the eyes of Mainers. That […]

Shorter lifetime limit, pot ban among latest Maine welfare change proposals

Good morning from Augusta, where a mass gathering is expected at the State House for hearings on a number of bills that would make changes to Maine’s social services programs, particularly Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. By our count, there are at least 10 bills related to TANF on today’s public hearing docket, which begins […]

Would LePage’s lower energy rate for businesses drive up your bill?

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is now two-thirds of the way through an agenda-driving media blitz after a long Thursday news conference on energy that yielded a vague plan that many in Augusta are still unraveling. The biggest bit of news was that LePage told reporters that he wants to cap industrial […]

LePage does not want Maine to be a red state — at least when it comes to police car lights

Good morning from Augusta, where some days it’s hard to make sense of what Gov. Paul LePage says during his radio interviews. Today, following a rambling interview on WGAN, is one of those days. After some questions about his education proposals that resulted in a repeat of what LePage said Tuesday during a news conference […]

Maine’s Franco voters still hold great sway, and they are increasingly up for grabs

Bonjour d’Augusta, where it’s Franco-American Day at the Maine State House, which will fill for bilingual legislative sessions, inductions into the Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame with musical performances in the hallways and tourtière in the cafe. The event is a nod to the broad demographic comprising nearly a quarter of Maine’s population, making them […]

LePage: One school superintendent per county would still be too many

Good morning from Augusta, where today’s main event will feature verbal sparring over education funding. Gov. Paul LePage will hold a news conference on the issue, followed closely by a second event that has been organized by the Maine Education Association and the Stand Up for Students coalition. LePage previewed his argument this morning during […]

Maine Democrats have a new plan to pay for road, bridge upkeep

Good morning from Augusta, where legislative Democrats are adding details to a number of initiatives from the “Opportunity Agenda” they unveiled last week. In addition to a town hall-style meeting they hosted Thursday evening in Bangor, legislative Democrats are using other means to take their budget priorities public. In this week’s radio address, Rep. Andrew […]

LePage: I don’t know Susan Collins well enough to endorse her for governor

Good morning from Augusta where Gov. Paul LePage perpetuated rumors about the 2018 elections by saying he’s not sure he’d be a good fit for Congress — a few sentences before saying he is considering a run against U.S. Sen. Angus King — or that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins would be a good governor. […]