I was among many passers by and neighbors and friends that responded to evacuate the vehicles and animals in harm's way. I thank each and everyone who helped us move the animals away from the smoke and heat of that devastating fire! John Pape
My neighbor's cow and horse barn burned down today in Turner. We saved all the horses and cows. Many folks helped out. Firefighters from Turner, Greene, Leeds, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Buckfield, West Paris, Minot, and Auburn all responded. Great job to everyone who helped. Thanks all!
A safety net is not 50% of the entire state population, should the total number of citizens on MaineCare rise to 700,000. 70K is but a stepping stone to the higher number goal voiced. No money is free. When interest rates rise, and 40% of every federal dollar spent is borrowed, bad times await. Free federal dollars are NOT FREE! Let's get the 3,100 truly needy onto the roles. Our government ought to take care of the few truly needy!
One Vote REALLY DOES MATTER! Vote!
Great to hear that this project is not a politicized circus. Kudos to all who organized, judged, and participated!
My good Friend, Major Robert Marchanti was killed two years ago in the Afghan Ministry of Interior by an insider. Condolences to all family members of the attack.
Clearly, there are two distinct issues in the bill vetoed by Governor LePage. Now that the override has failed, separate the two issues and vote to pay the hospitals back pronto! Increasing the number of recipients into MaineCare is not the same thing as paying back the state debt to the providers of healthcare. To his credit, The governor clearly wants to pay the state debt to the hospitals. But he will not be held hostage by the Democrats who attached a HUGE unrelated issue to it! Vote each individually on their own merits. Our economies will improve when our neighbors that have been laid off, because of the financial burden placed upon the hospitals by the former administration and legislature, are able to put health care workers to work. The hospitals can rehire staff laid off when the huge debt is paid in full! It seems too simple to be true, but when people work, they have money to spend in our communities. Yes, it is that easy.
Now as more details emerge this plan looks even worse than before. Increasing taxes of crucial staples and services will squeeze the average citizen to their financial limits. For the average non-property owner who needs to pay for their utilities and services, there is ZERO benefit to this plan. Having to pay excess tax on food, haircuts, legal fees, plumbers and electricians, and funeral service fees will have an absolutely crushing effect. Raising the taxes on out of Non-residents and out of staters stay will not encourage an additional ounce of incentive to vacation in Maine! I see no econonomic growth by this plan. Forcing small service industry businesses to collect tax is just one more burden upon those companies who would better serve the state by spending that time necessary to prepare taxes, in productive labor, that actually generates increased income tax! As the employees work more, the state gets their share proportionately. In this manner, prosperity is shared. This plan is flawed from the word Tax!
Once again, I wholeheartedly agree with Governor LePage. The proposed Gang of 11 tax structure will not entice any new business in the state, and make existing businesses work just that much harder. I do not see any benefit to my business or myself, of hundreds of thousands like me that own a small business.
Boo! This tax plan will wreck my business, and be of zero benefit! It will not encourage any new business, and make existing businesses work much harder! Boo!