A.J. Higgins

State House Bureau Chief

A.J. came to MPBN in August 2007 after a recent stint as a staff writer for Blethen Maine Newspapers, where his work for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta also appeared in the Waterville Morning Sentinel, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Prior to joining the Kennebec Journal, Higgins served for 13 years as Political Editor and State House Bureau Chief for the Bangor Daily News.

He began working for the BDN in 1972 while still a senior at Bangor High School when his first job was casting the lead plates for the printing presses in the paper’s stereotype department. In the ensuing 34 years, Higgins moved up to the Editorial Department where he quickly immersed himself in nearly every facet of news reporting, editing and photography.

In addition to his extensive coverage in the greater Bangor area, he also worked in the paper’s Presque Isle Bureau and was named bureau chief of the paper’s Hancock County operations in Ellsworth in 1988. He was assigned to the State House in 1993.

A.J. resides in Manchester with his wife, Diane.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Deep in Gov. Paul LePage's budget is a $112 million bond proposal to renovate and even rebuild some state office buildings instead of leasing them. The move has rattled Augusta city officials and some state lawmakers who are worried about the long-term implications.

That's because Maine agencies lease more than a half-million square feet from private Augusta landlords who then assume related maintenance costs.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A freshman Republican lawmaker is encountering some significant opposition - some from within his own party - over his proposal to send Maine's taxpayer-funded campaign law back to the voters for reconsideration.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Democratic lawmakers may be feeling some pressure to take a harder line against welfare fraud following an election cycle that saw Republicans advance in the House and Senate after campaigning on welfare reform.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration says it wants to streamline the process of setting reimbursement rates for services sought by intellectually disabled adults by not requiring a public hearing.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Tribal leaders in Maine say they're surprised, and a bit confused, by Gov. Paul LePage's decision to rescind an old executive order proclaiming a special relationship between the tribes and the state.