Luckily for politicians, there are myriad economic indicators that can easily be spun to fit the day’s narrative. Depending on who you listen to, Maine’s economy is booming, or it’s stagnant.
Education is important. Other than a quick nod to the success of his “bridge program,” which makes it easier for students to earn college credits while still in high school, that was the extent of Gov. Paul LePage’s focus on education Tuesday night during this State of the State address. “I have said it many […]
“How good are you at math?” That’s what I asked Bill Brown, special assistant for budget and policy for Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves, minutes after Gov. Paul LePage’s State of the State address Tuesday night. Bill said something to the effect of “Pretty good, why?” “How much would the initiatives proposed by the governor […]
Gov. Paul LePage could be in the worst financial shape of any Republican governor vying for re-election, according to an analysis by Politico, though LePage’s campaign has insisted since 2009 that he doesn’t need to spend big to win. The money in GOP governors’ campaign accounts varies widely across the U.S. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Legislature’s Health and Human Services committee tabled a much-anticipated vote on Medicaid expansion Wednesday morning after less than half an hour of conversation. On Wednesday afternoon, committee member Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea, said the committee was awaiting fiscal projections by the state’s Office of Fiscal and Program Review. She also said it’s possible a […]