Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
Matt Dunlap

Secretary of State Dunlap says Maine won’t release voter data to Trump’s voter-fraud panel

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
Dunlap said turning over the data would be unlawful because information submitted to the commission would be accessible by the public.

Gideon: Democrats won’t cede lodging tax increase in budget negotiations

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.

House fails to pass budget; Senate unanimously approves

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.

Vote on budget plan falls short of 2/3rds needed

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.

Raucous scene at the State House

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 12 p.m.

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.

Budget documents now available to view

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.

Welcome to Day 3 of the shutdown. It could be the wildest one so far

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on July 03, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL
Sen. Dave Woodsome, R-North Waterboro, leans back in his chair while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta, June 30, 2017.

Maine lawmakers will vote again today to end shutdown. Don’t hold your breath.

on July 03, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
It’s day three of the government shutdown, and though the Legislature will return to the State House today to try to end it, some of the same issues that have been blocking it remain outstanding.
House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (right), R-Newport, watches as votes come in on a vote board during the House of Representatives vote on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta Wednesday. Lawmakers are scurrying to avoid a state government shutdown.

Maine House vote puts state on course to government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 30, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
The budget bill passed in the Senate, but Republican opposition in the House denied it the two-thirds majority it needed, twice, to steer Maine away from a government shutdown.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says he won’t sign latest budget proposal and will allow a shutdown

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 30, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
“There will not be a signature on anything that increases taxes. There is plenty of money.”
POLL QUESTION
State House in Augusta

Late-night budget deal aims to dodge Maine government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 29, 2017, at 9:28 p.m.
“If you’re looking for a perfect piece of work, this is not it. … My prayer is that we’ve come up with a document, while it isn’t perfect, that will be good enough to bring people together.”
POLL QUESTION
Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 13, 2015.

LePage hammers Senate GOP budget offer as shutdown approaches

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 29, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
“If they put in a tax increase, get ready for a shutdown. End of story,” LePage said Thursday morning. “If you increase taxes without lowering the income tax, I will take my 10 days.”
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta

Maine budget negotiators work toward a last-minute deal to avoid shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 28, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
It was unclear whether the budget proposal could garner two-thirds support.
ANALYSIS
Gov. Paul LePage

Why LePage might not get a budget to veto before shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 28, 2017, at 10:37 a.m.
It’s the day of reckoning in Augusta.
A server delivers a tray of food during the lunch rush at Governor's Restaurant in Bangor. Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law to restore the tip credit in Maine.

LePage signs bill into law to restore Maine tip credit

By Christopher Cousins on June 27, 2017, at 5:06 p.m.
Passage of the bill means that tipped workers, such as those in the service industry, will resume collecting tips and won’t see their minimum wage increase parallel with the rest of the state.
POLL QUESTION
Maine Gov. Paul LePage points out some energy statistics at a Town Hall meeting at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, April 25.

LePage: ‘I believe we’re going to shut down Friday night’

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 27, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday it’s worth putting state government into a shutdown to ensure the two-year state budget lawmakers are struggling to pass won’t harm Maine’s economy for the next decade.
ANALYSIS
The State House shines through the the fog in Augusta.

How Maine reached the brink of a government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 23, 2017, at 4:39 p.m.
If Maine does not enact a two-year state budget within the next week, state government will have no money to operate, triggering a shutdown that could leave thousands of workers without pay and abruptly curtail all state services.
A woman smokes a Pall Mall cigarette. A bill that would hike the purchasing age in Maine for tobacco to 21 has been sent to the House of Representatives.

Maine bill would hike age to buy tobacco to 21, but still allow smoking at 18

By Christopher Cousins on June 22, 2017, at 1:51 p.m.
The bill only affects the legal purchasing age.