Governor Janet Mills today issued the following statement in honor of Juneteenth:

“Juneteenth is an opportunity to remember our collective responsibility to ensure that the American ideals of freedom and equality are afforded to all who call America home. As we commemorate the day when slavery was finally extinguished in America, and recognize the major role that more than 70,000 Union soldiers from Maine played in achieving that good, let us honor the strength of Black Americans and their vast and enduring contributions to the fabric of our nation.”

Awards come through the Community Resilience Partnership, established by Governor Mills in 2021, which has grown to include 226 towns, cities, and Tribal governments representing nearly 70 percent of Maine’s population

Governor Janet Mills today announced $2.4 million in awards to 54 communities across Maine to protect infrastructure from damaging storms or rising sea levels, increase local planning capacity, and improve energy resilience and efficiency.

Approval allows Maine to access $272 million for broadband infrastructure made available by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Governor Janet Mills announced today that the Biden-Harris Administration has approved Maine’s plan to invest $272 million in federal funds to expand access to high-speed, reliable, and affordable internet across the state.

Governor Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey issued the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine that will preserve nationwide access to mifepristone:

New EV charging infrastructure through state’s Recharge Maine initiative will make high-speed charging more accessible and available across the state

Governor Janet Mills today announced that 17 new high-speed electric vehicle charging stations will open in Maine over the next year as part of the State’s commitment to build an accessible and reliable network of EV chargers for residents and visitors.

Governor Janet Mills today proclaimed June as “Maine Dairy Month” during a Blaine House ceremony celebrating the vital contributions of Maine’s dairy farmers and producers.

The special event featured remarks from Governor Mills, Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Amanda Beal, and dairy farmers and food producers from across the state.

Governor Mills led attendees in a special toast – of Maine Milk – in honor of the hardworking men and women that make up Maine’s dairy industry.

Governor Janet Mills released the following statement today on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s offer of a research lease to the State for a floating offshore wind research array in the Gulf of Maine:

Governor Janet Mills tonight announced that President Joe Biden has approved the State of Maine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to help Cumberland and York Counties recover from the severe winter storm in April that resulted in significant infrastructure damage across southern Maine.

Sara Gagné-Holmes, a five-year deputy commissioner with a long record in health policy, will begin in the interim role on June 1

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she is appointing Deputy Commissioner Sara Gagné-Holmes to serve as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, effective June 1, 2024.

Consistent with a directive from the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered that the United States and the State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024 in honor and recognition of America’s fallen service members.

$6.6 million investment will provide 4,000 students with access to free afterschool and summer outdoor learning and career exploration programs

Governor Janet Mills today announced a significant expansion of her Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative that will provide thousands of middle and high school students with access to free outdoor learning and career exploration programs this summer and fall.

New online portal is a one-stop shop for Maine business owners exploring public and non-profit financing options

Governor Janet Mills today announced the launch of the Maine Funding Network, a new online portal designed to be a one-stop shop to connect Maine businesses to financing options to help them grow and succeed.

Following historic winter storms that battered Maine, commission will identify near-term priorities to protect vital infrastructure and develop state’s first long-term infrastructure resilience plan

Stonington, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order to establish a new commission that will develop the State of Maine’s first plan for long-term infrastructure resilience.

Approximately 40,000 unclaimed relief payments are available through Maine’s Unclaimed Property program

Governor Janet Mills and Maine State Treasurer Henry Beck are encouraging Maine people to see if they are missing out on pandemic-era relief money that belongs to them.

During the pandemic and immediately following, Governor Mills and the Legislature created several relief payment programs to put money directly back into the pockets of Maine people.

Announcement follows opening of applications for $25 million in funding to repair and restore working waterfronts

Governor Janet Mills announced today that applications are now available for Maine small businesses and municipalities to help them rebuild and recover from the severe storms in December and January. 

Preliminary U.S. CDC analysis finds fatal overdoses decreased nationally by 3 percent in 2023; Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, and Indiana only states with annual decreases of 15 percent or more

Governor Janet Mills today announced that Maine experienced one of the nation’s largest percentage decreases in fatal overdoses in 2023, according to a preliminary statistical analysis released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this morning.

Governor Janet Mills and State Treasurer Henry Beck announced today that Moody’s Investors Service, the global ratings company that analyzes and provides credit ratings for governments, has upgraded Maine’s credit rating from Aa2 to Aa1, their second highest possible rating.

In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The annual observance, during Police Week, honors local, state, and federal law enforcement officials who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Governor Janet Mills tonight delivered remarks before the Maine House of Representatives to thank lawmakers for their service to the people of Maine after the 131st Legislature adjourned sine die.

The Governor is prepared to receive the bills from the Senate. With the Legislature having adjourned sine die, the Governor now has two options before her: to sign a bill into law within 10 days of its receipt or to not sign a bill. If she does not sign a bill, it does not become law. The Governor will review and consider the bills in the coming days.

Governor Janet Mills announced today that applications for funding are now available to help repair and rebuild working waterfronts damaged by the winter storms that hammered Maine’s coastline.

Independent analysis commissioned by the Governor’s Energy Office found Maine is more than halfway to Governor Mills' goal of 30,000 clean energy workers in Maine by 2030, new funding now available to support the clean energy workforce

Under Lambrew’s leadership, Maine expanded affordable health care to more than 100,000 people, led the nation in COVID-19 response, made historic investments in health and human services, and rebuilt the Department

Governor Janet Mills announced today that Jeanne Lambrew, Ph.D., will step down from her position as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, effective May 31, 2024, to accept a position leading national health policy development and to teach at Harvard University.

Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of women in Maine’s construction industry.

Women currently make up 15 percent of Maine’s construction industry and only 11 percent of the industry nationally. The Governor, a trailblazer herself as Maine’s first woman Attorney General and first woman Governor, has long advocated for more women to join traditionally male-dominated fields, including construction and the trades.

In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide tomorrow, Sunday, May 5, 2024 in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Lewiston, Maine – Governor Janet Mills today joined Lewiston community leaders at a ceremony marking the re-opening of Just-In-Time Recreation.

The Lewiston bowling alley was one of two locations targeted during the October 25, 2023 shooting that claimed the lives of eighteen people and injured more than a dozen others. On Friday, Just-In-Time reopened to the public following extensive renovations, repairs, and community engagement.

The complete text of Governor Mills' remarks, as prepared for delivery, are as follows: