- Gubernatorial candidates address education
Editor's note: This is the first of a series that will run three consecutive Sundays in which the five gubernatorial candidates on the ballot are asked questions on one topic crucial to Mainers. Today's topic is education.
- Bill Nemitz: Communique to a candidate: Mr. LePage, people are listening
- Tax Day to bring post office lines, tea party rally
'This is Augusta's warning,' according to a news release announcing the event Thursday.
- Bond package among 13 bills
left on Legislature's agenda
Senate Republicans still oppose the size of the borrowing plan, which could lead to its defeat.
- Borrowing plan clears House, sent to Senate
Many legislators favor buying an Aroostook rail line, but some think the total bond package is too costly.
- It's 'the table' for bills that lack funding
- House to discuss altered solitary confinement bill
The amended measure would keep mentally ill inmates from being kept in solitary for over a week.
- Tardy issues anti-bond statement
The House minority leader says Republicans oppose the debt, not the proposal’s projects.
- House opens door to gambling expansion
A citizens initiative to allow a casino in Oxford County may be joined on the ballot by other wagering plans.
- Revised budget with lower cuts heads for debate
- Historic houses could be up for sale soon
A legislative panel holds a public hearing today on a bill to allow the sale of the state-owned properties.
- Predictions already look grim for next budget cycle
- Environmentalists, business interests talk up wind power
- Lawmakers approve saltwater license
Critics say it constrains freedom; backers believe that a federal mandate makes the law necessary.
- Law to force more manufacturers to pay for waste disposal
Maine is the first state to decide which products should qualify for such disposal-cost help.
- Panel backs near-shore wind, tide power bill
Members of the committee vote unanimously to set targets and restrictions for how the state can capitalize on these natural resources.
- House OKs contractor-licensing bill
Opposition in the Senate, however, leaves the measure's chances of final passage in doubt.
- Initial OK given for restrictions on license-plate surveillance
Police cameras that capture and store license-plate images need tighter controls, lawmakers say.
- Legislative budget panel making final adjustments
The plan for filling a $310 million hole relies heavily on cuts to education and human services programs.
- Greens' absence adds new wrinkle to governor's race
- Bill puts payments at $4,000 per turbine
The benefit standard would be comparable to what wind farm developers have agreed to pay several host communities.
- Panel members reach agreement on rules for medical marijuana use
- Bill mandating paid sick days
scrapped in favor of new version
- State House Notes: All things French – and Irish, too – going on display
Franco Day happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day, and will be reflected in State House festivities.
- Casino backer wants statewide vote
Peter Martin, of Black Bear Entertainment, hopes to avoid a likely veto by Gov. Baldacci.
- Bill requiring licenses for contractors fails
- Oil dealers: Offshore
wind plan a mistake
They oppose a bill to speed up ocean energy projects, saying they will kill their industry and cost many jobs.
- New funds for Maine
will shrink budget gap
Gov. Baldacci will revise his budget again, possibly softening planned cuts, as the revenue picture brightens.
- Suggestion to split state
reveals concerns of north
An Aroostook County lawmaker is once again proposing that the south be part of Massachusetts.
- Husband, wife both sign up to run for same House seat
- Panel endorses amendments to school consolidation law
Changes recommended by the committee now go to the full Legislature.
- Panel trims stiffer abuse penalties from animal cruelty bill
The panel's co-chairwoman cites the estimated $26,988 it would cost to make large-scale abuse a felony.
- Legislative committee splits on solitary confinement bill
The panel divides three ways on a bill that would change how the state handles segregated prisoners.
- Prison bill hearing pits 'solitary' and 'isolation'
- Bill seeks to cut sulfur content in heating oil
The goal is to clean the air, reducing haze and making it healthier to breathe.
- Auto dealers oppose opening on Sundays
They say being open the extra day won't help sales and will burden staff who already work long hours.
- Bill would restrict some public records
One expert says he does not know of a single case of identity theft involving birth or marriage records.
- Baldacci revisions ease pain from cuts
Human services, education and municipal aid won’t be reduced as much as in earlier proposals.
- Plan to settle disputes over lake levels raises ire
DEP officials call mediation a proper first step. Critics say that won't fix the problem.
- $99 million 'jobs bond' meets GOP resistance
The "jobs bond" is an attempt to spur economic growth..
- Bill would establish strict 'energy corridors'
The bill would also set up a review panel to approve projects.
- Panel defeats bill to increase minimum wage
- Lawmakers urged to drop wine-tasting rule
Having to keep tastings out of the view of children is hard to do and has hurt business, shop owners say.
- Bills aim to save paving program
Dedicating state highway funds to repaving 600 miles annually runs into immediate resistance.
- Legislative panel deadlocks on license for ocean fishing
The idea to begin a state system that supersedes a federal registry may now go to the full Legislature.
- Pleas follow lawmakers into budget arena
The cutting and restoring begins on a proposal that is more 2004 than 2010.
- Employers oppose a bill to require paid sick days
Maine business owners say the legislation would be costly to implement, particularly in a sour economy.
- Mental health advocates: Cuts forcing costly options
Health and Human Services Commissioner Brenda Harvey says 'there are no fluff programs left to cut.'
- Caregivers supported by those they serve
Clients who need personal care say it would be unfair to cut the already-low pay of their helpers.
- Health advocates speak out on proposed cuts
Additional budget cuts would have a critical effect on services that have already been undermined, they say.
- Wanted: Dollars for dirty wood stoves
- Mental-health professionals wary of budget-cutting plan
A 10 percent reduction will land more people in jails and hospitals, some warn.
- Fed up with governing by e-mail
- Legislators have long list of work for short session
The budget gap will take center stage; other issues include medical marijuana and rail service.