In my view, there is merit to the call for an investigation into illegal actions of the Maine Governor. Further, however, is the need for an investigation into the probable illegal actions of his "lieutenants", political appointees or otherwise, for their roles in enabling or turning a blind, willful eye away from suspected illegalities...No difference.
This would include, from the so-called "bottom up", the "Deputies", "Hearing Officers" on appeal, "Directors" or "Supervisors", "Commissioners" and their paralegals, "in house" legal counsel and lawyers in the Governor's Office who knew or ought to have known of these seemingly illegal behaviors and either participated in them or did nothing about them when they had a duty to do so.
Many Mainers have apparently suffered from the Administration improper efforts to deny the rights of employees in the Unemployment Claims system of Maine, and continue to suffer.
An investigation is clearly warranted by both the federal and state Attorney's General. And, if the facts support it, charges should follow and prosecutions should be pursued accordingly to address and, thereafter, remedy that suffering.
In the meantime, there is a good basis for all those who were denied claims to immediately request their claims be reopened, fair hearings be conducted and the facts properly determined.
The hospitals must be paid...and paid now!
But, certainly not what they have been invoicing.
Instead, pay them for reasonable costs plus profits sufficient to provide a moderate income to health care providers and their staffs...and no more.
That would likely save the People of Maine around 200 million of what is allegedly "owed".
And, in the future, let's ensure automatic imaging or so-called x-rays and, especially, MRI's are only ordered by these same providers if there is a reasonable medical necessity for such costly testing.
With respectful deference to my friend, I just want to point out that I travel I-95 between Augusta and Houlton. The speed limit from Old Town to Houlton is 75 mph, but I find that most people do not travel that fast even in the best conditions. Most drive around 65 mph. I think that's because it's good on gas and feels safer.
I am no expert, but this proposal to increase the speed limit to 75 mph from Scarborough to Gardiner, and in an obviously "high traffic volume" region, including Portland, may not be wise and would, in my respectful opinion, be unwittingly risking far too many traffic disasters along that stretch of Maine highway...especially during the tourist season.
There's an obvious reason why the only part of the Interstate highway system in Maine to have a speed limit of 75 mph exists between Old Town and Houlton. The reason is that it happens to be the only stretch of highway that can safely permit that kind of speed. And, 75 mph is very, very fast even for us "million mile" drivers who absolutely love driving as a primary transportation and leisure activity.
But, as I indicate, even though we have State permission, and although legally authorized under Maine state law to do so, driving 75 mph is not usually acted upon by Maine drivers on that portion of the Interstate, because it is very, very fast.