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GOP Appropriators Say State Employees Compete with Medicaid, Revenue Sharing for Funding

February 10, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Monday held a public hearing on LD 1639, a bill to give over $15 million over the next four years in merit and longevity pay to state employees, as required by their collective bargaining agreement.

"While the state should always meet its contractual obligations, it becomes increasingly difficult to do so when Medicaid consumes an ever-growing portion of our state budget," said Rep. Kathy Chase (R-Wells), ...

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Public Hearing on Dem Tax Hike Proposal Reveals Economic Costs

January 22, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Wednesday held a public hearing on LR 2721, a Democratic proposal to eliminate business tax incentives and raid the state's rainy day fund in order to fill a $40 million hole in the state budget. Without this measure, the budget gap would automatically be filled with a cut to state revenue sharing funds to municipalities.

Bill Cohen of Verso Paper, which operates mills in Bucksport and Jay, asked lawmak...

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Republican Appropriators Support Spending Reductions

January 16, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon is hearing public testimony on spending reduction recommendations put forward by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

The recommendations were required as a part of the state's biennial budget passed last summer. The Legislature tasked OPM with finding $33,750,000 worth of spending reductions as a part of balancing the budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The executive branch w...

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Oxford County Survey: Business Attraction, Health, Welfare Reforms Top Priorities

December 18, 2013

AUGUSTA - State Representative Tom Winsor (R-Norway) has released the results of his 2013 constituent survey, which gives residents of his district a chance to share their opinions on a wide range of state policies in the news. Rep. Winsor represents the towns of Norway, Greenwood, Waterford, and West Paris. After redistricting this year, Rep. Winsor's district will include Sweden but not Greenwood.

"I always like to speak with folks about what's going on in Augusta when I run into them...

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Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.

That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...

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DAFS Commissioner Briefs Budget Committee on Curtailment Order and Shortfall

January 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - Commissioner Sawin Millett of the Department of Financial and Administrative Services (DAFS) briefed the Legislature's Appropriations Committee today and took questions on the recent curtailment order that cuts state spending by $35.5 million through the remainder of fiscal year 2013.

Rep. Kathy Chase (R-Wells), Republican Lead on the Appropriations Committee, was hopeful that the Committee will achieve a positive solution. "We need to work together to solve the budget shortfal...

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House passes budget bill on 75-61 vote

May 21, 2012

AUGUSTA - The Maine House tonight passed a supplemental budget to fill a $78.5 million gap in the state's 2013 fiscal year. The bipartisan vote was 75-61. The Senate passed the measure earlier today, 19-16.

The bill, LD 1746, which had been under consideration for weeks by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, deals primarily with a shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Many of the provisions are structural in nature, meaning the savings will ...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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Rep. Tom Winsor Back on Appropriations Committee

February 23, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Tom Winsor is back in familiar territory - the high-profile Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs - after an eight-year break from legislative service. The post will give him an important voice in shaping policy regarding state budgetary matters, including the troubled public pension system.

Rep. Winsor (R-Norway) said he looks forward to the challenge of producing a balanced state budget for the next biennium - fiscal years 2012 and 2013. "Governor King use...

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