Articles by Michael Shepherd

 
Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, (left) speaks with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, at the State House in Augusta on Thursday.

To break budget stalemate, holdout House GOP offers $125 million in education funding

By Michael Shepherd on June 22, 2017, at 12:44 p.m.
It represents the first major movement in negotiations from the holdout group but it’s unclear how Democrats will respond since the plan would eliminate a surtax on high earners to generate revenue earmarked for public schools.
ANALYSIS
Maine senators raise their right hands as they are sworn in during the first session of the 128th Legislature.

Your guide to what stands between Maine and a state budget

By Michael Shepherd on June 21, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
The legislative divide is mostly about education funding, but with LePage’s backing, House Republicans also want significant school reforms.
ANALYSIS

Maine lawmakers seem too busy arguing to pass a budget

By Michael Shepherd on June 21, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
Things got testy on Tuesday about what seemed like everything but the budget.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage preps for shutdown while predicting it won’t happen

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on June 20, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
“I’m going to ask the commissioners what are the most vital services to provide in each agency.”
ANALYSIS
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to the Maine House of Representatives before swearing them in for the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

LePage rejoins Maine budget fight as shutdown fears grow

By Michael Shepherd on June 16, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
Five months and 10 days after he floated a two-year budget proposal largely ignored by the Legislature, Gov. Paul LePage has muscled his way back into their stalled and dysfunctional budget process with the state as close as it’s been to a shutdown during his tenure.
STATE & CAPITOL

LePage re-enters Maine’s budget fight as shutdown fears grow

on June 16, 2017, at 8:48 a.m.
A special six-person panel missed a self-imposed Thursday deadline to pass a budget recommendation for the next two state fiscal years beginning July 1.

Maine budget talks stall as Democrats and Republicans trade blame

By Michael Shepherd on June 15, 2017, at 6:14 p.m.
As things stand now, there’s little hope of an agreement to win the necessary two-thirds approval in the Senate and House of Representatives. A state shutdown looms if no agreement is reached by June 30.
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta

Government shutdown clock starts as budget deal eludes Maine lawmakers

By Michael Shepherd on June 15, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
Before adjourning Wednesday night, the special panel of six lawmakers trying to bridge their own gaps on Maine’s two-year budget set a deadline of noon Thursday to finish their work.
Rep. Catherine Nadeau, D-Winslow.

Maine House Democrats join GOP to restore ‘tip credit’ for servers

By Michael Shepherd on June 13, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
It would allow restaurants to pay servers a base wage of half Maine’s current hourly minimum wage of $9 as long as tips get them to that minimum threshold.
Richard R. Rosen

LePage finance chief resigns as Maine budget fight rages

By Michael Shepherd on June 13, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
LePage announced Rosen’s resignation and appointed David Lavway, who was the finance bureau’s deputy commissioner of operations, as acting commissioner.

Maine Legislature endorses bill to beef up rural broadband agency

By Michael Shepherd on June 12, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
The Senate passed it without a roll call vote on Monday.
The Maine House of Representatives

Democrats move to send Maine budget to special panel

By Michael Shepherd on June 12, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The unofficial deadline for the Legislature’s passage of a budget is Friday.
A Bangor man signs a petition outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor, Jan. 13, 2016.

Attorneys for Maine casino referendum backers refuse to accept ethics panel’s subpoenas

By Michael Shepherd on June 09, 2017, at 11:15 a.m.
Attorneys for the backers of a York County casino referendum walked out of a hearing on Friday without accepting subpoenas for financial records after the state’s ethics watchdog voted to investigate them.
The Maine Senate gave initial approval Wednesday to a bill rolling back changes for tipped workers made by voters in 2016, signaling that reinstatement of the so-called “tip credit” is on track for passage in the Legislature.

Maine Senate backs reinstating ‘tip credit’ for restaurant servers

By Michael Shepherd on June 07, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
The Maine Senate gave initial approval to a bill rolling back changes for tipped workers made by voters in 2016, signaling that reinstatement of the so-called “tip credit” is on track for passage in the Legislature.
Maine's Speaker of the House Sara Gideon listens to audience questions during a Town Hall meeting hosted by Maine Democratic party leaders, Friday March 3, at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Democratic offer to trim voter-approved surtax fails to break Maine budget impasse

By Michael Shepherd on June 07, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine House Democrats offer to trim school aid surtax in budget impasse

on June 07, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
POLL QUESTION
Mary Mayhew speaks at the regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland in 2015.

Mary Mayhew launches 2018 gubernatorial campaign

By Michael Shepherd on June 06, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
“I know we have worked too hard to see what we have done undone. So today I announce my candidacy to be the next governor of the state of Maine.”
Bangor voters cast ballots at the Cross Insurance Center in a 2014 file photo.

Maine lawmakers will decide fate of ranked-choice voting. Signs point to repeal.

By Michael Shepherd on June 06, 2017, at 1:30 a.m.
Legislators are caught between defying voters’ will and the Constitution.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Mchines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19, 2016.

Maine ethics watchdog questions casino referendum funding

By Michael Shepherd on June 05, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
Maine’s ethics watchdog may soon begin an investigation into the bid for a new casino in York County by a group that has been giving them plenty to think about during the past few months.
STATE & CAPITOL

Maine ethics watchdog questions casino referendum funding

on June 05, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.