Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) released a report today that shows that cigarette manufacturers and their retail allies spent $539,000 since 2000 to influence the outcome of political campaigns, while the nonprofits, associations, and others who work to solve the problems of tobacco addiction gave $118,000. The report, entitled “Tobacco Policy”, analyzes the campaign spending on both sides of the legislative debate on two pending bills and finds that pro-tobacco forces heavily outspend their anti-tobacco counterparts.
In a bipartisan vote of 89-51, the Maine House on Monday passed a stand-alone measure to accept federal health care dollars to cover nearly 70,000 Maine people. Five Republicans joined Democrats to move the bill, LD 1066, forward. But that is still short of a 2/3rd vote needed to over ride the Gov. LePage veto.
Fruits, vegetables and perennial herbs will be incorporated into the landscape of Capitol Park under a measure that became law May 29,2013.
Across America gardeners are transforming their home landscapes into edible gardens, reconnecting to gardening as a source of food that is beautiful to grow- and to eat. Once the harvest is in many in Maine share the bounty with neighbors.
“Gardens grow much more than food,” said Rep. Brian Jones, a co-sponsor. “They build community.”
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service says high temperatures and light winds are expected to bring air pollution into Maine and New Hampshire that could be unhealthy for some people.
In Maine, concentrations of ground-level ozone are expected to rise Friday along the midcoast and Down East coastal regions and spread to include the southwest coast on Saturday. Children, older adults and anyone with respiratory disease are advised to limit strenuous outdoor activities.