Maine’s congressional delegation is split on a month-long funding bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday as the Senate looks mired in a dispute over immigration.
Gov. Paul LePage has taught us that money isn’t everything early in primaries. However, a new round of filings tells us a lot about hopefuls’ positions in their field.
Observers in both parties think it’s a good idea, but the Legislature has long been loathe to limit its responsibilities.
Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News that requiring Medicaid recipients to work or seek training as a condition of eligibility would put them on a path to independence. But legal challenges are likely.
Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden says Democrats don’t intend to engage the governor on a funding battle around Medicaid expansion and that LePage can bet on a lawsuit if he doesn’t act.
House Republicans say a health care change pushed by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins won’t pass without anti-abortion language and a key legislator wants to conform Maine’s tax code to upcoming federal changes.
Now, the Maine senator will push for health care changes in a separate spending bill. It’s unclear whether they can win in the House.
A Democratic state senator’s bill to bar legislators from using political action committees for personal gain stalled amid a dispute with Senate President Mike Thibodeau, who wanted to investigate the use of public campaign money.
Collins hasn’t seen a final bill, but a spokeswoman says she’s confident that her amendments are in the package with possible improvements. But she’s facing protests at home and in Washington.
Democrat Doug Jones will shrink Republicans’ Senate majority after his upset win on Tuesday, making the Maine senator’s vote more valuable to Republicans.