Mal Leary

Managing Editor and Director of the Maine Capitol Connection

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads the Maine Capitol Connection project and serves as the Managing Editor and Director of the initiative.

Mal Leary has been a journalist throughout his life, working in both Washington D.C. and in Maine as both a reporter and editor. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, both in broadcast and in print and currently reports on state government issues in Maine on radio throughout the state and in several state newspapers. He owned and operated Capitol News Service, which was located in the State House complex.

Mal has been a long time member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He is the SPJ Sunshine Chair in Maine and is currently the president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a director of NFOIC. Mal is married with three grown children, several grandchildren and lives in Augusta, within sight of the Capitol dome.

Ways To Connect

AUGUSTA, Maine — By some estimates, Maine is losing nearly $130 million a year in sales tax revenue to Internet transactions. Congress is considering legislation that would allow states to require collection of the sales and use taxes. It's an issue on which Maine's Congressional delegation is divided.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Commission on Indigent Legal Services told lawmakers the agency is short $1.7 million to meet its expected obligations this budget year.

Executive Director John Pelletier says not only do they need additional funds for this year, they are flat funded in the governor's proposed two-year budget.

"These are requests that we believe are realistic, acknowledges the existence of these increasing costs and put the increases at a number that is based on data," Pelletier said.

WASHINGTON - Dr. Betsy Webb, superintendent of the Bangor School Department, told the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that the current definition of full-time employment in the Affordable Care Act is unworkable, and will add unneeded costs to hard pressed school budgets.

Sen. Susan Collins, who supports defining full-time as at least 40 hours a week rather than the current 30 hours a week, questioned Webb about the impact.

"Is asking for a huge budget increase a viable option for you and most superintendents?" Collins asked Webb.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - "Clean Elections" advocates have submitted what they believe are enough signatures to put a sweeping overhaul initiative before Maine voters in November.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - After Medicaid, the state spends more money on funding for elementary and secondary education than any other budget area.