Maine line-item veto decision due soon

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Nobody can remember when a line-item veto was issued by a Maine governor — because it's never been done.

So legislative leaders are trying to figure out how to deal with Gov. Paul LePage's vetoes of two items in the state budget bill. The line-item vetoes were issued Saturday.

Leaders of both parties in the House and Senate are polling their members to see if there's sufficient interest in coming back to Augusta to take up the governor's vetoes. An answer could come as early as Tuesday.

Then, leaders will have to decide when to come back, but it would likely be this week.

Lawmakers last week recessed until May 15, when they'll return to complete business for the year. The line-item vetoes may bring them back sooner than expected.

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Alice Barnett's picture

LD 1863

So? Can the Governor veto LD 1863? the lifting of the ban on hydro as a renewable?

Alice Barnett's picture

both dead

so can we revive the hydro issue?

The Public Utilities Commission said yes to hundreds of millions of your tax dollars spent on a failed Industry. WIND = 75% does NOT blow, 10-30% loss in transmission and 5% draw from GRID.

Wind pits industry against industry, environmentalists against environmentalists, and creates new and surprising enemies and allies. The Wind Industry calls this THE SPLIT.

We are facing an environmental crisis resulting from burning fossil fuels. WIND does not sequester Carbon, trees do. .and WIND requires clearcutting and herbiciding.

The benefits of expanding wind generation are NOT worth the visual impact. Not when it effects tourism. 70,000 visitors to Mt. Blue have an expectancy of seeing scenic viewshed. WIND is basically stating that Mt Blue State Park is not valued for its scenic character. Maine is highly valued for its scenic viewsheds.

You state, " It makes sense to develop alternative energy sources that could ease the burden on energy users if there is a gas price increase." Massachusetts is the energy user, not Maine and Hydro Quebec can supply their power needs. Lift the ban on hydro; there are never any fuel costs with water.

WIND industry's investment in Maine is your tax dollars funding out of state developers.

WIND industry does pollute the air. Radars cannot determine a storm from a WIND farm. Oh the dead things blowing through.

You call WIND industry a massive development.and then try to say no "adverse visual impact" Boston is insatiable it will take more than thousands and thousands of turbines to keep the lives Urbanites lead.

WIND is not the answer to Maine's energy problem because Massachusetts has the problem.
Boston is insatiable and Hydro from Canada will take care of them. Hydro really is GREEN.

JOHN PAINTER's picture

The Governor is right

The Legislature could overturn GA line veto, but really can't touch the line addressing using federal funds at either of our two state hospitals.

People who are in institutes for mental disease (IMD), such as Riverview (formerly AMHI), Dorothea Dix (formerly BMHI), and a number of others have not been Medicaid reimbursable since the Medicare and Medicaid Act was established in 1965.  This is clearly spelled out in the Federal Code 

Further limitations by Congress in the early 80's restricted states from "warehousing" people in the community by setting limits on such facilities as Private Non Medical Institutes (PNMI), group homes, etc which are federally restricted from having more than 16 individuals living there.  The Department of Justice has even tighter standards it enforces as a result if the Olmestead Act.

You can read the statute here:

April 13 CMS letter to DHHS approving PNMI /IMD determination extension and warning to not bill Medicaid for IMD services


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