Republican leaders: bond package unlikely this year

By Kevin Miller on June 12, 2011, at 8:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | One issue has been notably absent from all of the budget talk in Augusta in recent weeks: bonds. For the first time in years, the Legislature will likely adjourn without approving a state borrowing package for road construction, bridge repair, sewer projects and all of the other …

2011 Legislative session: Texting ban, health insurance overhaul and the offical state dessert

By GLENN ADAMS, The Associated Press on June 12, 2011, at 4:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s first Republican-led Legislature in decades did as it promised as it rolled back business regulations, and after years of trying made major changes in health insurance laws during the six-month 2011 session. Lawmakers also are leaving their imprint on Mainers’ lives in other ways. Motorists will …

Time running out on 2011 legislative session

By Kevin Miller on June 12, 2011, at 4:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA | After more than five months of work, lawmakers are headed into the final stretch of the 2011 legislative session facing votes on a broad range of issues, including a $6.1 billion budget and bills that would legalize fireworks and recreational marijuana use. Lawmakers have already dealt with …

Transportation panel upset with budget

By Mal Leary on June 12, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee are threatening to vote against the state General Fund budget because it does not include funding they expected to help with road and bridge repairs. “Will I vote for the General Fund budget?” said Sen. Ron Collins, R-Wells. “I am not …

Maine gets $769,000 in greenhouse gas auction

The Associated Press on June 12, 2011, at 10:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection says a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction has gained $769,000 for the state to go toward energy efficiency programs and job creation. The 10-state cap-and-trade collaborative’s auction of carbon credits was held last week. A total of $25.5 million was made available …

New law ensures high schoolers study civics, government

The Associated Press on June 12, 2011, at 9:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill to ensure that Maine students pass a course in civics and government in order to receive a high school diploma. LePage signed the bill Friday. He says courses in history, economics, literature and other subjects enhance students’ understanding …