Stories about Seth Berry

House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham.

Debate about state borrowing likely to consume final weeks in legislative session

By Christopher Cousins on March 29, 2014, at 6:05 a.m.
AUGUSTA | There are few issues in Augusta that have caused as much controversy in recent years as borrowing money for large-scale projects. Judging by the rhetoric in Augusta this week, the conflict will continue through the end of the legislative session. Hanging in the balance are several bond …
Gov. Paul LePage makes a pitch to shrink the power of Maine's labor unions while offering details about his Open for Business zones proposal at a press conference in Brunswick on Monday.

Was LePage’s jobs proposal sincere or a union-busting ‘election stunt’?

By Christopher Cousins on March 11, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to create Open for Business zones to attract economic development and jobs to Maine likely would breeze through the Legislature if it weren’t for the fact that it includes a “right-to-work” provision that there is little appetite for in the State House. Right-to-work …
Maine Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall, D-Richmond.

Departure of Maine Senate majority leader will shake up Democratic leadership

By Christopher Cousins on June 04, 2013, at 7:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The impending resignation of Senate Democratic Leader Seth Goodall could shake up Democratic leadership in both chambers of the Legislature if Rep. Seth Berry successfully pursues his ambitions to run for Goodall’s Senate seat. Goodall, a Richmond Democrat who represents Senate District 19, will resign from the …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes bills to study workplace bullying, train students to prevent heart attacks

By Christopher Cousins on June 01, 2013, at 5:51 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed two bills that would have required public schools to offer training to students to intervene in heart attacks and set up a study commission around psychological and physical harm due to abusive work environments. Democrats who sponsored the bills reacted with …
Security personnel at the State House wave a visitor through the checkpoint on Thursday, April 18, 2013. A lawmaker's proposal would eliminate the checkpoint.

Augusta lawmaker wants State House security checkpoint removed

By Christopher Cousins on April 18, 2013, at 6:47 p.m.
A proposal to eliminate the security checkpoint at the entrance to the State House appears poised to move forward 15 months after the checkpoint was built. A subcommittee of the Legislative Council, which is made up of legislative leaders, decided Thursday to recommend that the full council …
Rep. Seth A. Berry, D-Bowdoinham, speaks during a press conference delivering the Democratic response to Gov. Paul LePage's State of the State address Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013.

House Democratic leader introduces bill to make wealthy pay more in taxes

By Matthew Stone on March 21, 2013, at 5:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Democratic leader in the Maine House on Thursday introduced his proposal for a fairer tax code. House Democratic Leader Rep. Seth Berry said his bill will lead to the state’s wealthier residents shouldering a larger portion of the tax burden and more tax revenue for state …
Maine Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland.

Workforce training panel to unveil 12-part focus list Monday

By Robert Long on March 13, 2013, at 7:22 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future, which Democratic legislative leaders created this session to address the “skills gap” that inhibits Maine employers’ efforts to recruit properly trained workers, will make public its work to date on Monday. Democrats identified closing the “skills gap” as a …
Gov. Paul LePage

Maine lawmakers can’t get away from ‘Washington-style politics’

By Robert Long on Feb. 26, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The federal government’s dysfunction, exemplified by $85.4 billion in automatic federal budget cuts set to take effect Friday because Congress and President Barack Obama can’t agree on budget priorities, ripples through the Maine State House. It’s not just the impact the federal cuts would have on the …
Seth Goodall

New Maine workforce committee to focus on training, small business support

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 23, 2013, at 2 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democratic legislative leaders said Wednesday a special committee they’re forming will emphasize workforce training, support for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, and the revitalization of the state’s downtown areas. Legislative leaders discussed their plans for a new Special Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future at a news …

Tax collectors battle tax cheaters’ new technology

By Mal Leary on Sept. 08, 2011, at 7:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The biggest scam to cheat on sales taxes used to be two cash registers, one that got reported and one that did not. Today tax collectors are battling increasingly sophisticated computer programs that accomplish the goal of cheating the state but are more difficult to detect. “There …

LePage working with legislators on emergency bath salts bill

By Eric Russell on Aug. 18, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is working with legislators to craft emergency legislation for consideration next month that would further address the growing bath salts epidemic in Maine. Adrienne Bennett, the governor’s spokeswoman, could not provide details of the bill because it’s not complete, but she confirmed Thursday that …

Whole new set of leaders for parties, committees

By Matt Wickenheiser on Nov. 03, 2010, at 11:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA,  Maine — The shift of power in Maine’s Senate and House of Representatives also means the GOP will control important leadership positions such as the speaker of the House and Senate president. In the Senate, current Minority Leader Kevin Raye, R-Perry, has been clear about his hope to take …