Mal Leary / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills praised the bipartisan budget as one that addresses crucial needs of the state like property tax relief, increased funding for education, money to pay for expanded health care for the poor and investments in the state’s future.


As the head of Maine’s Department of Transportation, Commissioner Bruce Van Note oversees a vast transportation network, including the turnpike, bridges, airports and other infrastructure. In recent news, the DOT has pulled back on a number of projects due to construction costs. We’ll hear about how he will address these budgetary issues and what his plans are for the future.


We’ll discuss some of the significant legislation making its way through the legislative process, including paid leave, sports betting, budget negotiations and other bills in the news.

Ed Morin / Maine Public file

Maine’s 1st Congressional District representative joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, D.C., including her work on prescription drug pricing, climate change, farming and ocean acidification. We’ll also ask what it’s like working in the majority party.    


Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills joins us for a conversation about her newly released budget, her priorities, her recent cabinet picks and how the job is going since her inauguration last month.

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018


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

The Month in Review

Jul 31, 2017

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

Month In Review

Jun 30, 2017

From the budget showdown in Augusta to the role of the Maine U.S. Senators in health care reform, we speak with a panel of experts about the news that made headlines in June.

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

Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio news

Brian Kevin, Managing Editor, Down East magazine

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says he'll begin instructing state agencies to prepare for a partial government shutdown, but he also believes legislative leaders will break the budget stalemate and pass a two-year spending plan before months end.

State Education Funding

May 22, 2017

Legislators from the state's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee join us to discuss the status of funding for K-12 public education in Maine, and what the outlook is for meeting or getting closer to the 55 percent state funding for education. They’ll also address the debate over the 3% surtax that voters approved to help fund schools.

Guests:  Rebecca Millett (D-Cumberland), Representing Senate District 2; she is on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

Senator King

Nov 25, 2013

  Senator Angus King will answer questions about how budget negotiations are proceeding, his efforts to bridge the partisan divide, and other issues in the news.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Senator Angus King

  The Mid-Maine Global Forum recently hosted a talk by Gordon Adams. His talk is titled Secure or Second Rate? Austerity, Defense Budget Cuts, and the Future of US Global Engagement. Adams spoke about how domestic security is being affected by a dwindling defense budget and what it means for US global engagement.

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  State legislators listened to citizen suggestions for ways to make up a possible $33 million gap in the state budget.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Rep. Margaret R. Rotundo D-Lewiston

Rep. Dennis Keschel, R-Belgrade 

Rep. Kathleen Chase, R-Wells 

Maine Capitol Dome in Augusta
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  What is happening in Augusta with the budget negotiations? What's left to be done this legislative term?

Host Jenniffer Rooks was joined by: 

AJ Higgins, MPBN State House Correspondent 

Mal Leary, MPBN State House Reporter 

Greg Dugal, Maine Innkeepers Association 

Mayor Willaim Stokes, Augusta 

Rep. Alex Willette, (R-Mapleton), Maine House Assistant Minority Leader 

Rep. Seth Berry, (D-Bowdoinham), Maine House Majority Leader

  The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine recently hosted a panel discussion entitled “Global Budgets, Payment Reform and Single Payer: Understanding Vermont’s Health Reform.”