by Senator Anne Haskell
Take a look at this picture of a bill signing. I’m sure you recognize Governor LePage and me, but let me tell you the ‘rest of the story.’ Continue reading Isn’t there any good news from Augusta?
By Representative Erik C. Jorgensen
Next week or maybe the week after, I’ll be voting to end the existence of two Maine towns. I’ve taken votes like this before and I am guessing that these will likely occur without any floor debate and without opposition, reflecting the desires of local residents. The deorganization of a town is always a poignant moment, and it’s one that I think deserves more notice than it gets, tucked into a corner of the House agenda, along with water district and rural cemetery charter changes. Continue reading SO LONG CARY, FAREWELL OXBOW
by State Senator Anne Haskell
I think I am in a position to talk about what is going on now in Augusta; I have seen a lot, but nothing that compares to the vitriol that is being spewed by the current Governor. I have been around the State House for over 20 years. I was elected as a State Representative from 1988 to 1994, representing part of Gorham. John Martin was Speaker of the House, and during my tenure State government was shut down and Martin was pilloried for his proximity to a ballot tampering scheme. Continue reading What you learn if you hang around for a while
by State Representative Erik Jorgensen
The Maine Legislature limped across the finish line during the summer, having endured six months of bruising work and narrowly avoided a state shutdown. It did not have to be that way, but contention and division have become the hallmarks of governance during this frustrating period.It’s one where Maine is beginning to feel a little too much like Washington. Whether one measures dysfunction by the hundreds (!) of vetoes, the Governor’s choice to withhold voter-approved bonds, the state boards and commissions being hobbled by a lack of appointments, or by various bizarre diversions from the important business that the state is facing, nothing seems to be running smoothly. Add to it all a steady beat of anti-Portland rhetoric, and the picture, though not without some notable bright spots, is pretty bleak. Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like…Washington?
By State Representative Dick Farnsworth
The disagreement between the Governor and the Legislature over the meaning and application of the word “adjourn” not withstanding, this year’s legislative session did result in some very positive outcomes. I would like to highlight a few of these as they have a great impact on our citizens. Continue reading Legislative Session Update
by State Senator Anne Haskell
Sometimes it’s what you DON’T DO that matters more than what you do. And government regulation is one of those areas where we need to take a close look at why we are doing what we’re doing. A bill of mine that is working its way through the process does exactly that and its title is an Act to Permit Hair Braiding without a Barbering or Cosmetology License.
Continue reading WHAT SENATOR ANNE HASKELL DIDN’T DO IN AUGUSTA
by State Representative Richard Farnsworth
As a freshman State Representative I have had a chance to get involved with a number of issues, from the controversial to the obscure. Last session I served on the Committee on Health and Human Services. Discussions about “welfare”, homelessness, MaineCare and all of those things were pretty intense. However, my assignment this term is on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. Continue reading EDUCATION AT THE HEART OF IT
By Representative Erik Jorgensen
As the first full weeks of the 2015 legislative session wrap up, all talk is all about the Governor’s biennial budget request, released last Friday. From my perspective, it feels like the freighted moment at the amusement park where the roller coaster, having clicked and clacked up a steep slope, is now poised at the top, in the instant before the ride really gets going. Continue reading THE EMERGING STATE BUDGET