AUGUSTA, Maine — Property owners in Maine could end up footing the bill for an estimated $20 million gap in school funding next year.
The Portland Press Herald reports the state Department of Education released its 2016-2017 projections for funding under the essential programs and services model this week. More than 130 districts of the 248 in the state would lose money under the projections.
Officials say the gap is being driven by increased costs, nearly level state funding and a drop in tax valuation.
U.S. health experts cautioned Friday that the apparent discovery of the Zika virus in saliva and urine from people in Brazil does not necessarily mean the virus can be spread by more casual contact with infected people, such as through kissing.
"I think we need to be careful that don't we jump to any conclusions about transmissibility," Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview on NPR's Morning Edition.
PORTLAND, Maine - More than 84,000 Mainers signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace this year.
Emily Brostek of Consumers for Affordable Health Care says the number has steadily climbed from the initial 44,000 people who enrolled when the marketplace first opened in 2014. "These numbers tell me that Mainers are really looking for - and have been needing - a way to get quality, affordable coverage."