Articles by Scott Thistle
By Scott Thistle on April 05, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Legislation designed to dramatically overhaul Maine’s tree growth property tax credit program fell largely on deaf ears Monday as lawmakers on the Taxation Committee unanimously rejected the proposal offered by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
By Scott Thistle on April 05, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
A March statewide presidential primary vote could be in the works for Maine in 2020, if the new Legislature elected in November can figure out a way to pay for it.
By Scott Thistle on April 01, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
“Politicians did the right thing today,” Rep. Brad Farrin said. “The winners are our veterans and our soldiers and airmen of the Maine National Guard.”
By Scott Thistle on April 01, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
Proposals by Gov. Paul LePage to hike the salary of Maine’s next governor to $150,000 per year, increase pay for lawmakers and reduce the size of the Legislature appeared poised for defeat.
By Scott Thistle on March 30, 2016, at 4:38 p.m.
Legislation designed to increase funding for the state’s Bureau of Veterans Services hit a political brick wall.
By Scott Thistle on March 30, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
A bill before the Legislature proposes using about $550,000 from the $46 million profit the state makes selling $144 million worth of alcohol each year to help Maine’s 140,000 veterans.
By Scott Thistle on March 28, 2016, at 9:26 p.m.
Sen. Justin Alfond said his bill would see Maine hold a statewide presidential primary vote, but only for those who are enrolled in one of the two major parties.
By Scott Thistle on March 27, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
A long list of variations on the spelling of the F-bomb, now banned, as well as “HOTDAM,” “HOTS,” “IDIOT,” “IDIOTS” and “MCDUDU” could be approved under the law change.
By Scott Thistle on March 25, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.
Lawmakers split along party lines repeatedly Thursday as they debated and voted on a series of bills aimed at reforming Maine’s welfare system.
By Scott Thistle on March 23, 2016, at 4:26 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, said the division on the issue was one of the key philosophical divides between his party and that of the opposition.
By Scott Thistle on March 22, 2016, at 6:26 p.m.
“You get what I call the ‘You’ve been a bad boy letter.’ It’s significantly watered down. The floods ran through and washed it out.”
By Scott Thistle on March 21, 2016, at 10:02 p.m.
The current starting wage for a state trooper is $18.57 per hour.
By Scott Thistle on March 16, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
In a pair of blistering missives to State House leaders Tuesday, Republican Gov. Paul LePage charged lawmakers with doing little to help the state’s sagging pulp and paper industry.
By Scott Thistle on March 16, 2016, at 9:26 a.m.
“When the old deck was removed, more extensive deterioration was discovered.”
By Scott Thistle on March 11, 2016, at 8:24 a.m.
A Maine legislative panel Thursday rejected a bill to set a blood-level limit that could have been used as evidence to convict a person for driving under the influence of marijuana.
By Scott Thistle on March 10, 2016, at 1:07 p.m.
Rep. Bruce Poliquin said trying to clean up that mess was exactly why he ran for Congress.
By Scott Thistle on March 09, 2016, at 8:20 p.m.
Lawmakers say the issue should be treated as a public health emergency, but DHHS instead has moved to a rule-making process that could take another four months to implement.
By Scott Thistle on March 07, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
Leading Democratic and Republican state senators said Monday that turnout at the state’s caucuses over the weekend was so strong it shows Maine should now become a primary state — with voters from both parties casting their ballots on a single day.
By Scott Thistle on March 03, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
“This is a situation of clearly drawing lines and saying this a priority for the Maine Legislature — to take care of veterans,” Sen. Ron Collins said.
By Scott Thistle on March 01, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
A bill that would have allowed Maine craft brewers to more easily sell their products “to go” was squashed like an aluminum beer can by the state Senate on Tuesday.