State House News
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.
By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Legislature’s roadmap for implementing marijuana legalization took shape on Wednesday, with legislative leaders striking deals to delay most of the law until 2018 and form a committee to consider bills on the subject.
By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
The Republican governor’s fourth and final two-year proposal is similar to the one two years ago that was largely rejected by the Legislature, which passed a budget over LePage’s veto in 2015.
By mshepherd and ccousins on Jan. 06, 2017, at 10:47 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.8 billion, two-year state budget proposal, released Friday night, would reduce Maine’s state employee workforce by approximately 500 and shift Maine to a flat income tax by 2020.
By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Dec. 27, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
A consumer subsidy for renewable power in Maine may be ending — or at least changing. It’s called the Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standards program, and many stakeholders, including environmentalists, say it’s ready for reform.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 18, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
It’s a race that could reshape Maine.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 11, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
Four referendums passed by Maine voters last month will go into effect in January, but the political intrigue associated with them has just begun.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 08, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted in favor of a proposal that would require groups that donate more than $100,000 to a campaign in Maine to disclose information about themselves.
By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:55 p.m.
By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 07, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
As expected, the chambers elected Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, as House speaker and re-elected Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport.