Maine Insights

Cities are taking the lead- to increase the minimum wage

Bangor, Maine is considering an increase in the minimum wage proposed by former Mayor Joe Baldacci.

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Spaghetti dinner/minimum wage forum packed with supporters and enthusiasm

Article and photos by Ramona du Houx

Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci hosted his first spaghetti dinner/minimum wage forum on June 26th in Lewiston. He and guests addressed a packed room of over 150 people as attendees finished their spaghetti made from the famous Baldacci family’s recipe.

Portland, ME's City Council votes 6-3 in favor of a minimum wage increase starting at $10.10

By Ramona du Houx

New Obama initiative to increase solar access for all Americans

 

by Ramona du Houx

The Obama Administration on July 7,2015 announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce. 

New Obama initiative to increase solar access for all Americans

 

by Ramona du Houx

The Obama Administration on July 7,2015 announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce. 

Women Farmers hold panel in Maine with Congresswoman Pingree and USDA Deputy Secretary Harden

Left to right: USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (far left) listen as women panelists share their ideas and opinions on how women can be better supported in agricultural activities. From left to right women farmers are: Laura Neale, Alice Percy, Jean Koons, Gina Simmons and Marada Cook. 

By Ramona du Houx

Maine's Government Oversight Committee launches investigation into LePage's actions

 Watchdog panel unanimously approves probe into Good Will-Hinckley funding controversy

  By Ramona du Houx

The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee on July 1, 2015 unanimously approved an investigation into allegations that Gov. Paul LePage improperly interfered with Good Will-Hinckley’s employment of House Speaker Mark Eves.

President Barack Obama's statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act

While Maine has not accepted funds for the Affordable Care Act that would cover 70,000 Mainers other states have and there is hope. On June 25th the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to keep it as the law of the land.

Here is President Barack Obama's statement on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

The Right for Gays to Marry happens with Supreme Court Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 26, 2015 that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

LePage threatens to withhold voter approved funds for Good Will-Hinckley if Eves is hired by school

Speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves looks out over Augusta from his office photo: Ramona du Houx

by Ramona du Houx