Maine Insights

Proposed bill would remove barrier for Mainers to heat homes

 A measure to help save money for Mainers who have run out of oil was taken up by the Labor, Commerce, Research and Development committee today.

Independent bookstores in Maine can survive with community support

 

By Ramona du Houx

An independent bookstore is a special place—it’s where readers go to discover new books, chat with friends in town, and meet favorite authors. Last year was a challenging year for local bookstores. Bath Book Shop and Reading Corner Bookstore in Rockland are closing in 2015, and Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta is for sale. All are staples, community centers in their towns.

Maine Center for Creativity Announces Art & Science Series

On April 2nd The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) will kick off its Creative Toolbox programming for 2015, this year themed around the overlap of the arts and sciences, with a special event combining music, discussion and lecture. The 2015 Creative Toolbox Art & Science Series will explore the hardwired need of humans to be creative and the ways we express that creativity.

Looming Homeland Security Shutdown Creates Uncertainty for Thousands of Maine Workers

The Maine Democratic Party is calling on Rep.

President announces fall program that will give jobs for Veterans to install Solar panels

President Barack Obama took decisive action to address both job creation for Veterans and reducing carbon dioxide emissions yesterday.

The White House announced that beginning this fall the United States will launch a six-year job training program for America’s Veterans in the growing solar panel installation industry.

Bill restoring teacher retirement funding would also reduce local property tax burden

 A bill from Rep. Walter Kumiega, D-Deer Isle, to restore full state responsibility for teacher retirement costs received a earned bipartisan approval from the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee Monday. The committee vote was 8 - 5. 

PUC gives in to LePage, reverses wind energy contracts

Kibby Wind Farm, in Western Maine, opened in 2010 and has given thousands back to the communities it serves with programs and TIFF's- tax incentives.  Photo by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx

Added protections for Maine's Shellfish Aquaculture gets public hearing in Maine

Lobster by Ramona du houx

Gov. LePage attempts to sabotage two wind energy contracts after PUC reshuffle

Portland, Maine, supports federal carbon, ozone, and climate change interventions

Portland, Maine cityscaape. Photo by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx