Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins

State House Bureau Chief

 
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills announced Monday she is running for governor in 2018.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will run for governor as Democrat

By Christopher Cousins on July 10, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills ended months of speculation when she announced Monday that she will run for governor in 2018.
ANALYSIS
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, puts his hands to his face while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta.

More than 130 Maine bills passed this year could die for lack of funding

By Christopher Cousins on July 07, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
There are still decisions worth potentially tens or hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars left to make when the Legislature returns for its last two days of this year’s session.
AUDIO
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage left fake vacation voicemail ‘to get Senators to return his call’

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on July 06, 2017, at 4:03 p.m.
“I’m heading out of town for about 10 days and I’d like to speak with you before I leave,” said Gov. Paul LePage in a voicemail for Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta.

The budget impasse has broken; state government on track to reopen

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 10:30 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
After the Maine State Senate voted for the state budget bill the papers associated with the bill are carried to the Clerk of the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta Monday afternoon.

Maine government shutdown ends after LePage and Gideon cut late-night budget deal

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 8:45 p.m.
The House of Representatives voted 147-2 in favor of the deal at nearly 1 a.m. Tuesday and the Senate followed suit 35-0. LePage signed the budget into law.
Matt Dunlap

Secretary of State Dunlap says Maine won’t release voter data to Trump’s voter-fraud panel

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
Dunlap said turning over the data would be unlawful because information submitted to the commission would be accessible by the public.

Gideon: Democrats won’t cede lodging tax increase in budget negotiations

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.

House fails to pass budget; Senate unanimously approves

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.

Vote on budget plan falls short of 2/3rds needed

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.

Raucous scene at the State House

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 12 p.m.

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.

Budget documents now available to view

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.

Welcome to Day 3 of the shutdown. It could be the wildest one so far

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on July 03, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
STATE & CAPITOL
Sen. Dave Woodsome, R-North Waterboro, leans back in his chair while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta, June 30, 2017.

Maine lawmakers will vote again today to end shutdown. Don’t hold your breath.

on July 03, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
It’s day three of the government shutdown, and though the Legislature will return to the State House today to try to end it, some of the same issues that have been blocking it remain outstanding.
House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (right), R-Newport, watches as votes come in on a vote board during the House of Representatives vote on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta Wednesday. Lawmakers are scurrying to avoid a state government shutdown.

Maine House vote puts state on course to government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 30, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
The budget bill passed in the Senate, but Republican opposition in the House denied it the two-thirds majority it needed, twice, to steer Maine away from a government shutdown.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says he won’t sign latest budget proposal and will allow a shutdown

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 30, 2017, at 11:56 a.m.
“There will not be a signature on anything that increases taxes. There is plenty of money.”
POLL QUESTION
State House in Augusta

Late-night budget deal aims to dodge Maine government shutdown

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 29, 2017, at 9:28 p.m.
“If you’re looking for a perfect piece of work, this is not it. … My prayer is that we’ve come up with a document, while it isn’t perfect, that will be good enough to bring people together.”
POLL QUESTION
Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 13, 2015.

LePage hammers Senate GOP budget offer as shutdown approaches

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 29, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
“If they put in a tax increase, get ready for a shutdown. End of story,” LePage said Thursday morning. “If you increase taxes without lowering the income tax, I will take my 10 days.”
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta

Maine budget negotiators work toward a last-minute deal to avoid shutdown

By Christopher Cousins on June 28, 2017, at 1:39 p.m.
It was unclear whether the budget proposal could garner two-thirds support.