State House News
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.
By Christopher Cousins on March 26, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
For the sake of stability, the failure of bad ideas and the formation of consensus, democracy is supposed to be hard.
By Christopher Cousins on March 19, 2017, at 7:26 a.m.
“[Gov. Paul LePage is] good about keeping the guessing game going. That’s a good approach no matter what you’re planning next. Keep them guessing.”
By Karin Brulliard, The Washington Post on March 12, 2017, at 8:31 a.m.
If comments on local news stories about the idea are any guide, this proposal did not go over particularly well.
Here are some of the big pressure points and where legislative leaders are lining up before any grand bargain.
By Darren Fishell on March 12, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
From 2011 to 2015, Maine lost more than 1,800 workers younger than 26 and had a net loss of about 667 workers under the age of 65, according to IRS statistics.
By Anthony Brino on March 04, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Mainers who want to tell lawmakers what they think about how to regulate large-scale metal mines in the state will have an opportunity.
By Jen Fifield, Stateline.org on Feb. 26, 2017, at 10:17 a.m.
A recent study that found that 23 cents of every food stamp dollar is used to buy junk food has reignited a long-standing debate on whether the government should allow people to use food stamps to buy unhealthy food.
By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
An improving economy and rigid fiscal discipline under Republican Gov. Paul LePage have contributed to an all-time record for Maine state government: more than $1 billion in its cash pool.
By Mal Leary, Maine Public 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
By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 19, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Maine’s legislative ethics law seems clear but has been interpreted broadly, and that may be necessary to get good candidates to run for office.
By Mal Leary, Maine Public on Feb. 12, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.
Voters approved the initiative, which would use the revenue raised to create a fund for local schools. But Gov. Paul LePage has argued that the state can’t afford it.
Here are four lessons the governor wanted you to take home, but with a fuller picture.
Gov. Paul LePage tore into his political opponents in a State of the State address Tuesday that sought to delegitimize the Legislature and accuse special interest groups of preying on needy and elderly Mainers.
By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
The Maine Senate asked the state’s high court on Thursday to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting.
By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 26, 2017, at 6:54 p.m.
After meeting with legislative leaders late Thursday afternoon, LePage said he won’t sign the bill until lawmakers “fix it.”
Attorney General Janet Mills has thrown a new monkey wrench into Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to build a mental health unit in Bangor without legislative approval.
By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Jan. 19, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Sponsors say the move, which would land Maine into a time zone shared by Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico, would provide increased economic opportunities and less energy consumption in addition to offering more daylight in the afternoon and evening.
By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:10 a.m.
Here’s how the big tax and welfare changes would impact Maine.
By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 15, 2017, at 7:36 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage, already known for making education reform a priority of his governorship, arguably has proposed his most sweeping changes yet.