Maine Insights

New living wage report: Maine families struggle to make ends meet

The latest in a series of reports, authored by the national Alliance for a Just Society, on the divide between what Maine workers need to earn to afford basic necessities and what available jobs in Maine actually pay was released today.

New KeepME Home initiative to make life better for older Mainers

The Maine Council on Aging (MCOA)—made up of over 30 organizations working to ensure the well-being of Maine’s older adults—announced its support today of a package of legislative proposals presented by Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Mark Eves.

Maine small businesses to create over 20 new jobs with federal Value Added Producer Grants

Five Maine small businesses would receive a total of $471,571 in federal Value Added Producer Grants from the USDA. Funding for the program has risen dramatically—from $15 million to $63 million over five years—thanks to Pingree’s successful efforts to have an increase included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

President Gives an Update on Iraq humanitarian action and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri

This afternoon, President Obama updated the nation on two issues that he’s been monitoring closely over the past several days — America’s military operations in Iraq, and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

Speaking first on Iraq, the President noted the progress the U.S. has made in carrying out “targeted military operations” in the country:

Federal grant helped C&L expansion in Bangor not LePage

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During a campaign stop to improve the image of Gov. Paul LePage, Republican Governors Association Chair Gov. Chris Christie visited C&L Aviation in Bangor. The company was able to expand thanks, in part, to the work of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Unions, Michaud, Cain and workers across Maine join the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Remember Cutler wanted to eliminate Board of Environmental Protection

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Cutler wants to eliminate Board of Environmental Protection

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At the August 19, 2010 meeting of the Board of Environmental Protection, Senate President Libby Mitchell testified in favor of proposed rules that will limit children’s exposure to bisphenol-A, also known as BPA.

RGGI has generated $257 million in energy savings for Maine

During a “citizen hearing” today in Portland, local health experts, marine fisheries experts, clean energy leaders and conservation advocates, highlighted the public health and economic benefits of the EPA’s new carbon pollution standards for power plants, and urged Maine’s elected leaders, including Senators Collins and King to pledge support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. They also highlighted how the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has helped grow Maine’s clean energy economy.

President Obama signs bipartisan Veterans Affairs Bill into Law

US. Capitol on the morning of President Barack Obama's Inaugural of 2013. photo by Ramona du Houx

Request your Maine absentee ballot online

Maine military serving overseas? Traveling or homebound on November 4th? Whatever your reason to vote early, you can request your absentee ballot as of today at this link HERE.