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    Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.14.15: Banking on Riverview funding, food baskets & cuts at the CDC

    Gov. Paul LePage’s finance chief was all over the State House on Tuesday as the governor makes his public and private push to promote his two-year budget proposal. Richard Rosen also briefed the budget committee. Rosen’s overview wasn’t much different than the one he provided to the press during Friday’s budget curtain raiser.  However, he touched on (reluctantly) one piece in the Department of Health and Human Services proposed $1.4 […]

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    Tuesday Jan 13, 2015 | 7:29 am

    Morning Briefing 1.13.15: Clown taxes, meat sticks and the politics of tax reform

    We’re still unpacking Gov. Paul LePage’s budget. However, at a glance, it’s beginning to look like a document that contains a smorgasbord of policy initiatives that overlap and intertwine and pretty much put would-be opponents in a variety of uncomfortable positions. There appears to be a give and take in every major initiative, which could make negotiations between legislative leaders interesting, to say the least. Meanwhile, it looks like progressives are […]

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    Monday Jan 12, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing: 1.12.15: LePage’s tax bombshell

    Raise your hand if you ever thought Gov. Paul LePage would propose raising the sales tax. Anyone? No. Me either. But there it was, smack dab in the middle of a $6.2 billion budget bill that pairs a massive tax code overhaul with many other significant policy initiatives deserving of examination. But for now, wow, where to begin? How about by describing the scene at the State House after the procession […]

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    Friday Jan 09, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.9.15: Budget drama & another spin at the bottle law

    Former finance chief Sawin Millett presented the governor’s two-year budget in 2013. 2 p.m. — Here we go again. Republicans on the budget writing committee and members of leadership are receiving their private briefing from the administration. That would appear to be a violation of Maine’s open meeting law because more than three members of a committee constitutes a legislative subcommittee. Carlisle McLean, the governor’s legal counsel, was asked to cite the […]

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    Thursday Jan 08, 2015 | 7:00 am

    Morning Briefing 1.8.15: Reading the tea leaves of LePage’s inaugural address

    Gov. Paul LePage hit a number of policy areas during his 40-minute speech at the Augusta Civic Center on Wednesday, including additional signals that he wants changes in local government and how it delivers services. However, before we get to speculating what he might have meant by his remarks, a check on a particular claim he made that doesn’t appear to be accurate. Here’s what he said via tweet: Total […]

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    Wednesday Jan 07, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Live blog: The inauguration of Gov. Paul LePage

    Gov. Paul LePage will be sworn in for his second four-year term Wednesday during a joint session of the Maine Legislature held at the Augusta Civic Center. I’ll be live-blogging part of the ceremony beginning with a modified version of the Morning Briefing. Readers can also view a live stream of the governor’s speech on the Press Herald home page, courtesy of MPBN. We’ll be curating some tweets from the event […]

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  • Tuesday Dec 23, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    Tough budget negotiations expected following new committee assignments

    The presiding officers of the new Legislature on Tuesday revealed their choices for the 16 committees charged with vetting and negotiating bills next year. Included is the composition of an appropriations panel that will have a significant influence over the state’s next two-year budget. Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, and House Speaker Mark Eves, announced their selections in separate news releases. Eves chose Rep. Margaret Rotundo, D-Lewiston, as the House […]

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    Monday Dec 22, 2014 | 7:16 am

    Morning Briefing 12.22.14: Yuletide and taxes edition

    A brown, soggy Christmas approaches, and yes, Jackson Hole, the skiers here are feeling peanut butter and jealous. It’s been a sleepy couple of weeks in Augusta, but that will change very shortly. Gov. Paul LePage will officially begin his second term when he is sworn in at the Augusta Civic Center on Jan. 7. Two days later, he’ll unveil his two-year budget proposal. We have a general idea of what […]

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    Friday Dec 19, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    LePage delivers on deal with state employees as vow to ‘right-size’ government looms

    Gov. Paul LePage emailed state employees this week to thank them for a successful charitable drive that began in September. Since they met the goal of raising $300,000, LePage said, he would also hold up his end of a deal he made with the employees early this year: He would close state offices the day after Christmas. Two days later, LePage sent another email with more good news for state […]

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