Tag Archives: budget

Here are the programs LePage might slash to pay for income tax cuts

In a press release today, Gov. Paul LePage insisted that he has continued to meet with Republican leaders to offer “compromises” toward lowering the income tax. Cutting the income tax is a pillar of LePage’s budget proposal, which the governor himself said last week was “dead.” He blames Democrats for scuttling his income tax cut […]

Daily Brief: Public weighs in on LePage budget; support for ranked-choice grows

Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature’s budget negotiators will continue with open hearings on Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion budget proposal.  Members of the Appropriations Committee will hear testimony from the general public today about LePage’s proposed elimination of state aid to municipalities, a program established to divert some income and sales tax revenue back […]

Daily Brief: Lobbyists prep for budget hearings; job approval from Ike to Obama

Good morning from Augusta, where the first waves in a parade of lobbyists, advocates and possibly even some regular Maine residents are gathering to add their voices to the coming budget debate.  The Appropriations Committee, responsible for turning Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion two-year budget proposal into a deal that will be amenable to the entire […]

‘Maine Middleman Association’ ready to tangle with LePage

Lots and lots of paper gets pushed in Augusta — much of it dry, stoic bureaucratic jargon. The business of state government is serious, and that’s reflected in the writing. It’s important, but nearly never thrilling. The stuff that’s not dry often comes from political spin officers. That material is colorful in rhetoric and heavy on emotional […]

Daily Brief: King’s small-biz Obamacare fix; LePage’s opposition to Narcan

Good Wednesday morning.  Gov. Paul LePage prepares today for his first Town Hall meeting in Westbrook later this evening . The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, where he will take questions about the proposed $6.57 billion two-year budget and the huge tax reform package it contains.  In the coming weeks, the […]

Daily Brief: State of the State preview and Maine’s dying (?) middle class

Gov. Paul LePage will address a joint session of the divided Legislature for the second time in a month when he delivers his State of the State address tonight in the Maine House of Representatives. The speech is expected to be more policy-oriented than his January inaugural address, as the governor makes his budget pitch […]

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

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 […]

Daily Brief: Vacancy in House District 93, more budget digging

While Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.3 billion budget plan and its proposal to drastically change Maine’s tax structure will undoubtedly continue to drive the conversations in Augusta this week, the resignation of Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson, D-Rockland, will also command at least some attention.