Tag Archives: Mark Eves

Daily Brief: Phthalate rule weakened, plus a plan to split Maine in two

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Good morning from Augusta where lawmakers … are elsewhere, actually.  Many of them are back at home, as session doesn’t open again until Tuesday. But some — one busload, actually — are embarking on a tour, criss-crossing the state to get a view of businesses, health care facilities, schools, energy projects and other activity outside the […]

Daily Brief: Expect construction traffic! Plus, the politics of tax reform

The eastern entrance to the State House, at night. BDN file photo by Mario Moretto.

Good morning from the state’s capital city, where yesterday’s seemingly endless snowfall has abated just in time for the 74th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show to kick off at the Augusta Civic Center. Gov. Paul LePage is scheduled to attend the opening day of the show, hosted by the state’s agriculture department. Meanwhile, lawmakers on the budget-writing […]

Three years of EBT transactions made available online

Ever wanted to see every TANF transaction that took place via Maine EBT card over nearly three years? Me neither, but now we can. Gov. Paul LePage released the data (available in Excel format at the link above) on Thursday. The same data was requested in February 2013 by the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, […]

Today’s big question: When will the civil emergency end?

UPDATE: Per a 3 p.m. press release by Gov. LePage, the civil emergency has been lifted. “I’m pleased that State government is back to normal and Mainers are back to work,” said LePage. “I want to thank Maine State employees for their patience during these past couple weeks. This federal shutdown caused a tremendous amount […]

LePage says federal government shutdown is reason not to expand Medicaid

It’s unclear just how long the federal government shutdown will continue, but while it does, it will provide rhetorical fodder for elected officials and pundits of all political stripes. The shutdown is like a giant beltway Rorschach test; Politicians project whatever they want onto it. For example: Gov. Paul LePage and House Speaker Mark Eves […]