Maine Insights

LePage’s veto spree hurts people, the environment, education, jobs and Maine’s quality of life

Maine State Capitol. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Maine State Capitol. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Maine’s local food hub bill vetoed in Gov. LePage’s veto spree

Maine State Capitol. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Maine State Capitol. Photo by Ramona du Houx

Rep. Seth Berry: Maine needs small business and innovation bond package

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Nouveau Cirque Theater comes to Maine with Bowdoin College’s Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo was Maine's first Nouveau Cirque play. photo by Ramona du Houx

Harrison Bergeron Escapes from the Zoo was Maine’s first Nouveau Cirque play. photo by Ramona du Houx

Rep. Fowle’s Maine veterans court bill heads to governor’s desk

The Maine Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a bill to support and expand Kennebec County’s successful Veterans Treatment Court program. With unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate, the measure now goes to Gov. Paul LePage for his signature.

Maine youth mental health gap coverage bill to smooth transition to independence goes to governor

A bill to provide continuity of mental health support for young people after they graduate from high school passed in the Legislature.

Maine to get $600,000 to help increase value of crops grown in the state

1044461_637727639590596_2065773848_n1Maine will get $600,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grants, a 50 percent increase over the previous year’s funding.

Bill would have provided rebates for heat pumps and solar panels in Maine killed by Republicans

ReVision installation on EcoVillage’s showcase GO Logic passive solar home. photo by Ramona du houx

ReVision installation on EcoVillage’s showcase GO Logic passive solar home. photo by Ramona du houx

Maine Governor signs Speaker’s bill to increase property tax credit

A measure that would bolster the state’s property tax fairness credit for Maine families will become law.

Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday signed the bill, LD 1751, which would double property tax credits for low and middle income residents and seniors.

Lawmakers pass East Coast’s first ocean acidification bill

The Legislature on Thursday passed the East Coast’s first bill to address the threat of ocean acidification as the Senate gave the measure its final approval with a vote of 33-0. The bill, LD 1602, now goes to Gov. Paul LePage.

“Maine has the opportunity to lead on this issue,” said Rep. Mick Devin, the bill’s sponsor and a marine biologist. “The overwhelming support for my bill shows that Maine understands that ocean acidification is a real problem. It poses a threat to our coastal environment and the jobs that depend on it. We must address this threat head-on.”