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Auburn lawmaker draws fire for comments about truck drivers

The Maine Republican Party on Wednesday released an email in which State Rep. Brian Bolduc, D-Auburn, railed against noisy trucks and questioned the intelligence of truck drivers. "... one look at them and you can see they p... 25


State police say not all towns do mental health checks for concealed carry permits

AUGUSTA — Four in 10 municipalities in Maine that issue permits to carry a concealed handgun are not running the legally required mental health background checks, said a Maine State Police representative on Wednesday. Lt. Scott Ireland told a subcommittee of the Legislature’s C... 17

9:19am Bangor Daily News

Study says Maine needs to spend $327 million more per year on schools

AUGUSTA — Education reformers often say that you can’t improve student outcomes by simply spending more money on education, but an exhaustive study delivered this week to the Legislature’s Education Committee suggested Maine needs to spend at least $327 million more per year on ...

7:45am The Associated Press

Lawmakers start crafting a supplemental budget

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers pushed forward with a plan to craft a supplemental budget Tuesday in order to address revenue shortfalls because Gov. Paul LePage says he won't submit a proposal to fix a budget he tried to spike. The supplemental budget is typically submitted by the governo... 3

7:38am The Associated Press

GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The deal to ease those cuts for two years is aimed less at ...

7:24am The Associated Press

Wathen proposes reopening group homes at Riverview

AUGUSTA — The court master overseeing the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta has suggested reopening group homes on state grounds to relieve a space crunch. Daniel Wathen, a former Maine Supreme Judicial Court chief justice, told a legislative committee Tuesday that even though ...

4:01pm Sun Journal

Governor's blue ribbon commission reports no bias in unemployment claims process

LEWISTON — A panel created this past spring by Gov. Paul LePage made public  its recommendations Tuesday, reporting that it found "no direct or intentional bias” against employees nor employers who participate in the unemployment claims and appeals process. LePage said the... 2

3:30pm Sun Journal

Maine health committee reviews $1 million no-bid contract

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday reviewed a $925,000 contract awarded to a Rhode Island-based consulting firm to study the state's welfare system. The no-bid contract, awarded to the Alexander Group by the Maine Department of Hea... 6

10:48am The Associated Press

Former King spokeswoman joins Cutler campaign

AUGUSTA — The former spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Angus King will head communications operations for independent candidate Eliot Cutler's bid for Maine governor. Crystal Canney, a former broadcast journalist and producer, stepped down as spokeswoman for the independent senator this fall...

8:48am The Associated Press

Few commuters parking in Yarmouth park-and-ride lot

YARMOUTH — A new 300-spot park-and-ride lot along Interstate 295 in Yarmouth is getting just a handful of cars per day, prompting some people to call it a waste of taxpayer money and an environmental mistake. The Portland Press Herald ( reports that the lot that...