Gov. Janet Mills

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she is preparing another letter to Congress urging more help for state and local governments as the number of reported cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Maine and most other states. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has extended a state of emergency for a sixth time during the pandemic.

In a statement, Mills urged Mainers not to let "pandemic fatigue" allow them to become complacent, especially as students are returning to schools and universities across the state.

She gave a nod to outbreaks stemming from a wedding in the Katahdin region in saying "one little match can spark a fire that may be very difficult to put out." The emergency orders are issued in 30-day increments.

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The Mills Administration has updated prevention checklists for several types of businesses under stage three of the state's reopening plan. Affected businesses include restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, museums and campgrounds.

Mills Calls On Congress To Pass Relief Package

Aug 12, 2020
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Gov. Janet Mills is calling on members of Congress to resolve their differences and pass an additional pandemic economic relief package.

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Maine Gov. Janet Mills says the memorandums and executive orders issued by President Donald Trump this past weekend are woefully inadequate, and some unworkable. Mills and governors of both parties made that clear to Vice President Mike Pence during a conference call Monday.

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Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Scattered through the $2 trillion federal CARES act are dozens of tax changes aimed at softening the economic blow caused by the pandemic. Maine lawmakers now need to decide which of those changes should be incorporated in the state’s tax laws.

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Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins are calling on the federal government to provide disaster assistance to the state's herring industry in the wake of what they call the fishery's failure.

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On the heels of a recent report that drug overdose deaths in Maine are on the rise, Gov. Janet Mills held a virtual opioid response summit Thursday.

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This year's back to school preparations will be like no other year.

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Leaders of both parties in the Maine Legislature are at odds over calling themselves into a special session next month to deal with hundreds of bills left on the table when they adjourned in March due to the spread of COVID-19. Republicans say they want the session to focus only on issues related to the pandemic.

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Following the release of new state health guidelines, Hollywood Slots Casino in Bangor is reopening Friday at noon, a day after the Oxford Casino reopened its doors.

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This week Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to boost enforcement of a previous statewide order to wear face coverings in public when physical distancing is difficult.

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Gov. Janet Mills has extended the civil state of emergency for another 30 days and is now requiring certain businesses in Maine’s coastal counties and largest cities to enforce a state mandate to wear masks.

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A half-dozen Republican members of the Maine House of Representatives are calling for a special session of the legislature to deal with spending and other issues related to the pandemic.