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  • Supplemental Budget, Sports Betting and Mental Health Crisis Centers
    For the next two weeks, the Legislature’s powerful Appropriations Committee will continue to hold public hearings on Governor Janet Mills’ $127 million supplemental budget
  • Notes from the Nordic Aquafarms Hearings
    Nordic Aquafarms posted to Facebook the morning of February 11: “Showtime!”
  • Mainers who earned less than $56,000 last year may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Eligible filers could receive a credit worth up to $6,557 on their federal tax return: the value of the credit varies based on income, whether the filer has children, and how many. Because the credit is refundable, it can lead to larger refunds even if the filer has no tax obligation.
  • The Last Word (or 3,000) on Impeachment
    Following is a transcript of closing arguments from the final representative of each side in the U.S. Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which ended February 4, with the Senate voting on party lines ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Aquaculture, Criminal Histories, Name Changes for Transgender People & More
    As aquaculture operations continue to expand, residents in coastal towns have been fiercely debating how to balance the need for new economic development with commercial fishing and environmental concerns....
  • Because the Maine Legislature changed the state to a primary state in 2019, the Maine Democratic Party (MDP) is holding municipal caucuses Sunday, March 8, although party-enrolled members will have already voted for their ...
  • “Want to take some responsibility for your choices at election time? Want to know the candidates before you check off the little boxes on the ballot? This is the place!” That’s the text from a poster advertising the Waldo County Republican ...
  • In November, a nationwide survey ranked 87 utility companies for customer satisfaction. The company that came in last place was disappointing, but not surprising: Our very own Central Maine Power. For CMP to achieve this ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Bail Reform, Ending School Suspensions, Cage-Free Chickens & More!
    Increasingly, large employers are requiring their employees to sign so-called “forced-arbitration” agreements, which require workers to waive their rights to sue over sexual harassment, wage theft, discrimination and other workplace ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Banning Vaping Devices, Herbicides, Stash Cans & More!
    The Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will consider a measure that would ban nicotine vaping devices on February 5. LD 2052, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Millett (D-Cumberland County), would only ...
  • Rep. Maxmin to Challenge Dow in Senate District 13
    State Rep. Chloe Maxmin (D-Nobleboro) on January 13 announced her campaign for Senate District 13, challenging Senate Republican Minority Leader Dana Dow (R-Waldoboro). The campaign will celebrate the launch with a community ...
  • Waldo Republicans to Meet House Candidate
    Waldo County Republi- cans will hold a meeting on Thursday, January 23, at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Avenue, Belfast, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to meet Jessica Connor, candidate for Maine House District 98 ...
  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting proposals for changes to Maine’s water quality standards, as well as proposals for new standards. Maine’s water quality standards were established by the Legislature ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Minimum Wage, ATVs, ‘Deepfake’ Ads, New Bear Hunting Rules & More
    On January 22, the Legislature’s Labor and Housing Committee will hold a public hearing on a measure (LD 1874) that would repeal a longstanding law that allows employers to pay less than the minimum wage to people with disabilities....
  • Duncan Milne of Liberty, a retired USMC Colonel serving as president of the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, announced last week that he is running for state Senate in District 11. The Republican candidate is positioned ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Mills Vetoes Sport Betting, Lawmakers Hear Bills on Microgrids, Big Babies, Renewable Ferries & More
    The Maine Legisla- ture will vote this week on whether to override Governor Janet Mills’ veto of a bill to legalize sports gambling in Maine. In her veto message, Mills wrote that she is “unconvinced at this time that the majority of ...
  • Maine Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released November workforce estimates for the state. Labor force and unemployment estimates are based on the population age 16 and over. Unemployment rates decreased ...
  • Maine Delegation on the Soleimani Assassination—
    “This action does risk further military escalation, and given those risks, Congress must not be side-lined. The administration must quickly brief Congress on all available intelligence and its strategy to protect American citizens and service members ...
  • Eye on Augusta: Back in Boring Old Augusta
    The Maine Legislature will return to the State House next week for another session of public hearings, debate and general wonkery. There probably won’t be too many explosions when the governor doesn’t get her way — no yelling at ...
  • Maine Department of Labor is advising workers, job seekers and employers that changes in state and federal wage and overtime regulations will occur on January 1. Maine’s minimum wage will increase from $11 to $12 per hour ...
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