Latest Maine state government News

Maine lawmakers ask Baker to halt transmission line project

Nov. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers on Tuesday asked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to do everything in his power to terminate a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in Maine that will benefit Massachusetts. The lawmakers said proceeding...

Some deer ingested chemicals, shouldn't be eaten, Maine says

Nov. 23, 2021 17:31 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Deer harvested by hunters in part of central Maine should not be consumed as food because of elevated levels of an environmental pollutant, authorities in the state said Tuesday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said it...

Maine projects revenue increase for coming fiscal years

Nov. 23, 2021 16:33 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Revenue projectors for the state of Maine said Tuesday the general fund looks to have about 10% more money in it in coming fiscal years than previously expected. The nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee is expected to upgrade the general fund...

DEP hears testimony on permit suspension of power corridor

Nov. 22, 2021 10:14 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Monday launched a final public hearing before the commissioner decides whether to withdraw a permit for a $1 billion electricity transmission project. Opponents of the project urged Commissioner...

Construction temporarily halted on $1B transmission line

Nov. 19, 2021 18:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The developer of a $1 billion electric transmission line is suspending construction at the request of Maine’s governor after she certified election results Friday in which residents firmly opposed the project. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills had...

Maine expands COVID-19 booster eligibility to all adults

Nov. 17, 2021 13:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — All adults in Maine are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday, joining a growing list of states that have done so. Mills, a Democrat, said the change is effective immediately and will apply regardless of...

Maine commission on college debt to start meeting this week

Nov. 16, 2021 10:33 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine commission that's tasked with studying college affordability will begin meeting this week. The Commission to Study College Affordability and College Completion meets for the first time on Wednesday. The Maine Legislature created the...

Maine warns of misleading mailing targeting corporations

Nov. 13, 2021 15:08 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's secretary of state is warning businesses of a misleading solicitation that is targeting companies by asking them for a fee. The solicitation is from a group that calls itself “C.F.S.” that sends materials that resemble the Maine...

$10M to help Maine's seafood dealers, processors

Nov. 11, 2021 10:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will use $10 million in federal money to help seafood dealers and processors upgrade infrastructure, the state's governor said. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the project will start in early 2022 and will provide grants to the businesses...

Maine residents brace for power rate hikes over 60%

Nov. 10, 2021 15:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are likely to see the rate they pay for home electricity increase, in some cases by a considerable amount. The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently provided possibilities about upcoming power rates to the Maine Legislature, agency...