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Debates on weed, welfare and abortion to dominate State House today

Reuters photo by Jason Redmond.

Greetings from the state capitol, where today will be referred to as “weed day.” OK, maybe that’s a bit too flippant a way to put it, but two bills aimed at legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults are both scheduled for public hearings today in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. One […]

LePage, Mayhew tout bond rating as proof welfare cuts have worked

Gov. Paul LePage. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

Good morning from Augusta, where the snow continues to melt around the State House and the stack of bills awaiting their first day in the sun is similarly shrinking. Two high-profile bills are up for work sessions in the Health and Human Services Committee. The first, but Rep. Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would expand Medicaid coverage […]

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, […]

DHHS to release Alexander Group report on Medicaid expansion Friday

Mary Mayhew at a news conference

A day after being urged by the attorney general to release a much sought-after study on a potential Medicaid expansion in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage announced that the report — and its author — would be made available to the press on Friday. The report, titled “The Feasibility of Medicaid Expansion in Maine under the […]

Rhetoric heats up over Medicaid expansion

Though a bipartisan bill to expand Medicaid to provide health care coverage for tens of thousands of Mainers was vetoed by the governor in June, expansion of the medical welfare program seems likely to be one of the key battles between Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers as the next winter legislative session approaches. Later […]