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Lawmakers to return with child welfare, tax reform on agenda

Aug. 20, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are set to get back to work and weigh reforms to Maine's tax code and its struggling child welfare system. Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon told lawmakers Monday they'll return Thursday, Aug. 30. The Legislature last convened July 9. Maine child welfare caseworkers'...

Maine's governor calls lawmaker 'the most repugnant human'

Aug. 20, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage called a fellow Republican "the most repugnant human being" on Monday and stormed away from lawmakers who are investigating whether his administration retaliated against mill owners at odds with the governor on softwood lumber tariffs. A report by the Office of...

As Maine waffles on Medicaid expansion, residents in limbo

Aug. 20, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents seeking health coverage under voter-approved Medicaid expansion are in limbo as Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration refuses to say definitively whether it plans to provide it. An advocacy group has said LePage's administration signaled through an attorney that...

Conservatives lambast outside influence in ballot questions

Aug. 19, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A conservative group is decrying the influence of outside donors in Maine's ballot initiative process. The Maine Heritage Policy Center report Wednesday comes in a year when conservatives including Republican Gov. Paul LePage have pushed for more restrictions on citizen initiatives....

Agency considers altering wilderness zoning rules in Maine

Aug. 18, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The agency overseeing development in Maine's vast wilderness is considering dramatic changes that would alter restrictions on where subdivisions and businesses can be built. The Land Use Planning Commission is proposing scrapping its longstanding rule that limits a development to...

Court dismisses challenge to solar panel credit ruling

Aug. 17, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a challenge to a new rule by the state Public Utilities Commission on home solar panel systems. The Portland Press Herald reports the court ruled Thursday the case should go to superior court judges first, a move that disappointed...

Commission to release public campaign funds, despite typo

Aug. 16, 2018 3:07 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's ethics commission said Thursday that it will release up to $3 million in public campaign funds that lawmakers set aside this year for one gubernatorial candidate and over 200 legislative candidates. The commission voted 3-1 Thursday to release the money, which has been held up...

Attorney: Maine will comply with law to hire more nurses

Aug. 16, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The LePage administration says it will take "prompt action" to comply with a law to hire more public health nurses, regardless of the outcome of a pending lawsuit. A Democratic senator and two nurses sued Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration in July, saying his administration...

Governor's legal costs to rise as Medicaid lawsuit continues

Aug. 15, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine could pay up to $200,000 for a Boston-based lawyer to defend the LePage administration in a lawsuit over voter-approved Medicaid expansion. The Department of Health and Human Services in a state form dated Monday proposed increasing the cost of a no-bid contract with law firm...

The Latest: AG's office: Governor could expand Medicaid

Aug. 15, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the legal cost of a Medicaid expansion lawsuit in Maine (all times local): 8:35 p.m. A spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills says Republican Gov. Paul LePage could address his concern over rising legal fees for Medicaid expansion if he followed the...