Articles by Mal Leary

Medical marijuana is shown in a jar in Seattle, Washington, Jan. 27, 2012.

Lawmakers have lots of ideas for spending proceeds from taxing pot sales

By Mal Leary on March 26, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million per year in tax revenue.
Handguns are offered for sale at Maine Military Supply in Holden.

Bill would allow adults under 21 to carry concealed weapons

By Mal Leary on March 18, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
Maine allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, but lawmakers are considering a measure that would lower that age to 18.
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers shows a cannabis plant at the Home Grown Maine Medical Marijuana Trade Show in 2014.

Mainers still have no clue how legal marijuana will work

By Mal Leary on Feb. 28, 2017, at 7:48 p.m.
There are many unanswered questions around how the fee and taxing scheme outlined in the citizens initiative will actually work.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

Mayhew outlines $4.8 million plan for opioid treatment

By Mal Leary on Feb. 23, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers that the $4.8 million plan would provide treatment services for about 400 additional Mainers
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage asks for changes in minimum wage, education ballot initiatives

By Mal Leary on Nov. 28, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is asking the next Legislature to make changes in both laws, but some leaders in Augusta said they’re reluctant to second guess the will of the voters.
Ricker Hamilton is the Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and former director of the Office of Aging and Disability Services.

New Riverview unit hits roadblock

By Mal Leary on Oct. 27, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
The LePage administration’s plan to build a new facility for mentally ill patients next to the Riverview Psychiatric Center has hit another roadblock.
Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton in this November 2014 file photo.

State of Maine auctioning off over 150 firearms

By Mal Leary on Oct. 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.
The state expects to net as much as $30,000 from the auction.

Democrats off to fast start with absentee voting

By Mal Leary on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
Requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.
Emily Cain

Emily Cain denies Republican Party’s assertions about her budget support

By Mal Leary on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
The Maine Republican Party has unearthed a video from Democrat Emily Cain’s primary campaign in 2014.
 Federal and local law enforcement chat after a round-table discussion about terrorist attacks in Bangor in this February 2016 file photo.

Maine leaders ask residents to be ‘ears and eyes’ of terrorist watch

By Mal Leary on Sept. 13, 2016, at 5:59 p.m.
“If we see danger, report it. And it’s that simple.”
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta.

Lawmakers consider regulating fantasy sports gambling in Maine

By Mal Leary on Aug. 14, 2016, at 2 a.m.
Maine will join the growing number of states that will consider legislation next year to regulate fantasy sports gambling.
Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, is shown in Augusta in January.

Report: DHHS to close Calais office

By Mal Leary on Aug. 01, 2016, at 6 p.m.
State Sen. David Burns says he has been told that the move affects more than a dozen workers.
Gov. Paul LePage

Maine ends budget year with $93 million surplus

By Mal Leary on July 28, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
The state ended the budget year with a surplus of about $93 million, but Gov. Paul LePage complains it was all spent as soon as it was counted.
Gov. Paul LePage

Memo: LePage seeks to reduce state workforce to cut taxes

By Mal Leary on July 27, 2016, at 1 a.m.
A memo that was sent to commissioners earlier this month and obtained by Maine Public Radio reveals that the governor has set three goals for the budget-writing process that is already underway.
Penobscot County Corrections officer Sgt. Chris Wilson stands near the door of a empty cell at the Penobscot County Jail, July 2, 2013.

Will pay bump be enough to keep Maine prison guards?

By Mal Leary on June 18, 2016, at 2:52 p.m.
Many just decide a career as a prison guard is not for them, even with the increase in pay.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin helps derail GOP bid to gut amendment aimed at aiding Maine shoemakers

By Mal Leary on June 16, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
“It very simply requires, Mr. Speaker, the Pentagon to issue American-made gear and equipment to men and women in uniform for basic training.”
Ande Smith

Republican Ande Smith aims to oust Pingree in Maine’s 1st District

By Mal Leary on June 12, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
Ande Smith said he is running because he believes U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is out of touch with the district.
From left, Jennifer Rooks, Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith.

GOP congressional candidate Mark Holbrook rips Pingree, Obama

By Mal Leary on June 11, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Mark Holbrook said he’s the more conservative choice in the race.

Radio network used by law enforcement plagued by dropped signals

By Mal Leary on June 03, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
The system has been plagued with problems and efforts are underway to fix them.
Karl Ward, president and CEO of Nickerson & O'Day Inc., and Brewer school students from kindergarten through eighth grade direct a crane operator to raise the last steel beam on the Brewer Elementary-Middle School campus construction project during a ceremony involving the students, Brewer leaders and contractors on Nov. 12, 2009.

Maine construction companies facing worker shortage

By Mal Leary on May 18, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
As Maine’s economy continues to improve, construction projects ranging from new single-family homes to large commercial and government buildings are underway in the state, but builders say they are having trouble finding enough workers to meet the demand.