December 12, 2011

State House Notebook: Maine again ranks last for doing business

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Two Democrats want to run against her -- former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap and Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland.

NEW STATS ARE OUT

The Maine Heritage Policy Center recently updated its website to include salary and benefit information from the Maine State Housing Authority.

An analysis completed by the conservative group shows payroll and benefits have grown 30 percent over the last five years. The information joins other lists at www.MaineOpenGov.org that show the salaries and benefits of state workers, the university system, Maine Turnpike Authority, local school employee payrolls and Maine retiree pensions.

In a pre-emptive strike in October, the housing authority pointed out that employees there make an average of 15 percent less than the comparable statewide average, as compiled by the Maine Department of Labor.

"It has been a longstanding policy of MaineHousing that salaries stay at 6 percent or below the comparable statewide average," according to the authority.

LOW GETS A NEW GIG

Ryan Low of Winthrop was recently named executive director for governmental and external affairs for the University of Maine System -- a fancy way of saying he will be the chief lobbyist for state universities.

Low served as finance commissioner under Gov. John Baldacci, then went to back to his alma mater to serve as vice president of administration and chief financial officer for the University of Maine at Farmington. He was a key member of the Streamlining Commission that found $25 million in savings for the state.

CAPITOL FOR A DAY

LePage will be in Franklin County on Wednesday for the next stop in his Capitol for a Day tour.

After meeting with various businesses, he will take questions from the public at a town hall meeting set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Abram High School.

MaineToday Media State House Writer Susan Cover can be contacted at 620-7015 or at:

scover@mainetoday.com

 

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