Even though Maine’s official unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession, there are still thousands of Mainers who are out of work. Many are so-called "discouraged" workers who are not reflected in the 5.5 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the rate would jump to 6.6 percent if they were factored in.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin say Mainers should elect someone who's willing to work with other New England governors on regional issues.
Appearing alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud, they took Republican Gov. Paul LePage to task Monday for missing last week's meeting of New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers and for missing a regional summit on opiate addiction last month. Shumlin said Mainers need to elect a governor who can ``get along.''
The LePage administration says it has found nearly $5 million to help Maine's 106 nursing homes meet rising operating costs. Together with federal matching funds and a legislative initiative approved earlier this year, the state's nursing homes will receive a $25 million boost over the next year.
It's Thursday and time once again for "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine Politics, with analysts Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, who is CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Mal Leary.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's roughly 100 nursing homes will get an additional $13.1 million in funding this year.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a plan that doesn't require the Legislature's approval after weeks of wrangling with Democrats over funding for the facilities.
The Governors of New England and the premiers of the Eastern Canadian Provinces have just wrapped up a meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The conference was focused on the issues of energy and trade, though dueling protests outside the conference meant energy stole the spotlight for much of the event.