Stories about Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee

Sen. Dawn Hill, D-York County

Lawmakers skirt Maine’s open-meeting law during budget negotiations

By Scott Thistle on June 05, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
AUGUSTA | For weeks, lawmakers on the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee have been skirting Maine’s open-meeting law as they work to craft a $6.3 billion state budget. Some lawmakers and lobbyists said the practice has gone on for years. Committee members took their meetings behind closed doors …
Janet Bouchard (right) of Orland and her boyfriend Jack McCoy (left) are among the thousands of Mainers who stand to be impacted by the proposed DHHS cuts. Bouchard, 55, has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, sleep apnea, spinal problems and other health issues and requires special equipment and medicines she gets on MaineCare to maintain a semblance of a normal life. McCoy, 57, a Vietnam-era veteran, has some military medical benefits as well as MaineCare and Medicare.

Without MaineCare, childless adults say they won’t survive

By Jackie Farwell on Dec. 16, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.
ORLAND | Janet Bouchard has heard about the deep cuts Gov. Paul LePage has proposed to the state’s MaineCare program. The Orland woman may not know the ins and outs of the administration’s plan to overhaul the program and bring it into a new era of fiscal sustainability, but …

State lawmakers headed home but only for 12 days

By Kevin Miller on June 16, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers will have to return to the State House on June 28 to complete work on a number of unresolved issues and to deal with any vetoes handed down by Gov. Paul LePage. The 2011 session of the Legislature was supposed to have wrapped up on Wednesday. …

Lawmakers reach compromise on $6.1 billion budget package; plan includes tax, welfare changes

By Kevin Miller on June 10, 2011, at 12:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers will vote next week on a two-year, $6.1 billion budget compromise that cuts income tax rates, shrinks the financial hole in Maine’s pension system and reduces social services benefits for some groups. After months of work, members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously …
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Senate vote on health care overhaul on hold until Monday 

By Kevin Miller and Meg Haskell on May 12, 2011, at 9:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A Republican-backed health care overhaul bill aimed at encouraging competition and driving down insurance premiums in Maine has been put on hold until Monday.   Republicans and Democrats debated through the night before the Senate decided shortly before 1 a.m. Friday to adjourn without a final vote. …

LePage budget puts MPBN on chopping block

By Kevin Miller on May 11, 2011, at 8:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The LePage administration has backed off a proposal to end public campaign financing for gubernatorial candidates, but is instead recommending that lawmakers eliminate all state funding for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett told members of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Wednesday that the …
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