BOSTON (AP) _ Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed by some as a potential game-changer for the region.
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.