Maine Legislature

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Using procedures that date back to the state’s very first legislature, Maine lawmakers took the oath of office and got down to business at the State House Wednesday.

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018
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A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader

Sen. Andre Cushing represents Maine's 10th district.
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The assistant majority leader of the Maine Senate faces a fine of $16,500 for not disclosing using campaign funds, in some instances to provide short-term loans to a business he owns.

The Month in Review

Jul 31, 2017
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Our panel discusses all the news that was made in Maine during the month of July.

Guests:  Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio, Chief Political Correspondent

Kathleen Fleury, Editor in Chief, Down East Magazine

Ben Bragdon, the editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Legislative Update

Jun 5, 2017
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The end is in sight for the current legislative session.  We’ll hear from leaders from each party on the work left to be done, as well as progress on budget negotiations, the status of education funding, the proposed mental health step-down facility, and more. 

Guests:  Andre Cushing, Assistant Senate Majority Leader, R- Newport

Jared Golden, Assistant House Majority Leader, D-Lewiston

Month in Review

May 31, 2017
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Why doesn’t Governor LePage want you to know the way to Katahdin national monument?  What’s the latest on ranked choice voting? How much work does the legislature have left to get done?  Our panel discusses all the news that made headlines in May.

Guests:

Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East magazine

Greg Kesich, Editorial Page Editor, Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta: We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.

Guests: Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

Legislative Update

Mar 6, 2017
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Maine's legislative leaders join us to discuss the latest news from Augusta.

Guests:  Rep. Erin Herbig --she’s a Democrat from Belfast and represents District 97 of the Maine House of Representatives and is House majority leader.

Sen. Garrett Mason, Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. He represents the people of Senate District 22

Maine Legislative Update

Feb 6, 2017
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Maine’s Senate president and the Speaker of the House return to Maine Calling to discuss the latest news out of the legislature, including Thursday’s request for a “solemn occasion” on ranked-choice voting, Maine’s opiate crisis, and other legislative priorities.    

Guests: Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)

House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

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Maine voters approved a measure this past fall to adopt a ranked-choice voting system for statewide elections. Now lawmakers who are trying to implement the new law are asking the Maine Supreme Court to weigh in on whether it’s constitutional.

Maine Governor Paul LePage
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Gov. Paul LePage is proposing deep cuts to Maine’s welfare programs, slashing 500 state government jobs and broadening the state’s sales tax to pay for a reduction in the state income tax in his $6.8 billion two-year budget plan.

Overall, the spending plan attempts to counter an increase in the tax on high income earners passed by voters in November while furthering the governor’s longheld plan of reducing the state income tax.

 

Maine Governor Paul LePage
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Gov. Paul LePage is proposing deep cuts to Maine’s welfare programs, slashing 500 state government jobs and broadening the state’s sales tax to pay for a reduction in the state income tax in his $6.8 billion two-year budget plan.

Overall, the spending plan attempts to counter an increase in the tax on high income earners passed by voters in November while furthering the governor’s long-sought plan of reducing the state income tax.

 

Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation Chief
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A year ago, the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe pulled their tribal representatives from the Maine Legislature in protest of being marginalized by state government for decades.

Environment advocates are watching about 140 bills out of 1500  being proposed this session, ones dealing with everything from microplastics to alewives. But one of the bigger discussions, they say, will be over renewable power.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - With a partial changing of the guard at the State House this past November, control of the Maine House and Senate is now split, with Republicans running the Senate and Democrats still holding the gavel in the House.

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