Articles by Mal Leary

Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor.

Lawmakers try to figure out how to fund Clean Election expansion

By Mal Leary on March 08, 2016, at 6:16 p.m.
House members in Augusta split along party lines over how to fund the expansion of the state’s Clean Elections program, which voters approved last fall.

Panel moves to reverse tax on meals made by nonprofits

By Mal Leary on March 05, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Members of the Legislature’s Taxation Committee have voted to draft language that would exempt the tax on prepared meals from small, nonprofit organizations such as churches and American Legion halls.
Narcan can be administered intravenously or through an inhaler, but is used to restore respiratory functions after a heroin overdose.

Legislators to mull bill allowing pharmacists to dispense overdose antidote without prescription

By Mal Leary on Feb. 26, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
“Narcan has been a lifesaving drug in the hands of medical professionals for years.”
Ben Chin

Maine bill would undo last year’s tax changes

By Mal Leary on Feb. 24, 2016, at 6:51 p.m.
Some Republicans in Augusta are trying to undo tax changes.

Maine officials hike revenue projections

By Mal Leary on Feb. 22, 2016, at 5:02 p.m.
“We have enough information to determine that 2015 was a very, very good year, and that April 15 will probably be fairly strong as well,” Mike Allen said.
Maine Correctional Center at Windham.

LePage administration has modified proposal for Windham prison

By Mal Leary on Feb. 17, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is making a pitch to lawmakers for a scaled-down plan to replace the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

Maine’s corrections department outlines major overhaul

By Mal Leary on Feb. 08, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is proposing an overhaul of the state’s correctional system that would expand the capacity for female inmates and prisoners with substance abuse issues.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage wants pay raise for state law enforcement

By Mal Leary on Feb. 02, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
The proposed pay hikes will come in the form of a bill before the Legislature this session.
Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt

Contract for private work on Casco Bay bridge defended by transportation chief

By Mal Leary on Jan. 07, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
“For me, most of all, this represents a significant policy shift,” Rep. Andrew McLean, D-Gorham, said.
Waterville principal Don Reiter

Allegations against Waterville principal trigger legislation

By Mal Leary on Dec. 15, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
State Sen. Scott Cyrway of Benton says his bill was brought forward in response to constituent concerns about law covering instances of school officials seeking sex with students over 18.

Maine legislative leaders to consider gun ban option

By Mal Leary on Dec. 14, 2015, at 6 p.m.
A Republican state senator from Topsham is asking legislative leaders to consider a new gun bill before the full House and Senate.
John Gallagher, director of the Maine State Housing Authority

State facing housing crisis for low-income Mainers

By Mal Leary on Dec. 07, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
The state is facing a serious shortage of affordable housing, with more than 38,000 Mainers paying more than half their income for a roof over their head.
Crews work on roads on the Bennoch Road in Orono, Oct. 30, 2013.

Maine delegates support bill to fund road, bridge repairs

By Mal Leary on Dec. 03, 2015, at 8:47 a.m.
Maine’s delegation says that although the bill is not perfect, they are supporting it.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (left) and Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, shown here during a 2014 event at the party’s Androscoggin County campaign headquarters, are leading an effort to gather the roughly 61,000 valid signatures needed to place the party’s proposal for income tax cuts and welfare reform on the November 2016 state ballot.

Maine GOP scrambles to meet petition deadline for tax, welfare ballot question

By Mal Leary on Nov. 27, 2015, at 10:35 a.m.
Maine voters could be asked to decide a half dozen or more questions on the statewide ballot next November if all the groups circulating petitions are successful.
Sen. Tom Saviello

Maine legislator pushes stricter recycling, waste disposal rules

By Mal Leary on Nov. 25, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Bond for elderly housing ‘going to hurt our credit rating’

By Mal Leary on Nov. 04, 2015, at 4:37 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said voters made a mistake in approving $15 million in bonds for senior housing.
House Whips Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester (left) and Sara Gideon, D-Freeport.

Lawmaker calls Maine bills targeting Planned Parenthood a ‘witch hunt’

By Mal Leary on Oct. 16, 2015, at 6:07 p.m.
Will Ikard, director of the Maine Small Business Coalition, speaks at a press conference at The Briar Patch bookstore in Bangor on July 29. He introduced many small business owners who spoke and showed their support for the minimum wage increase that will be on the 2016 ballot.

Poll: Most Mainers support minimum wage hike

By Mal Leary on Oct. 15, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, in this 2014 BDN file photo.

Maine’s congressional delegation surprised at Boehner’s resignation

By Mal Leary on Sept. 25, 2015, at 4:37 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage talks at the the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast April 28.

LePage won’t name board members, vows to bypass Legislature through citizen initiatives

By Mal Leary, MPBN on Sept. 21, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage says he has decided not to nominate any candidates to fill dozens of empty positions on state boards and commissions that issue licenses, resolve disputes and approve agreements.