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.

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State revenues continue to come in better than projected, with November tax receipts $4.1 million above projections. That brings revenues in excess of estimates to $31.7 million so far this budget year.

State Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen said, while the numbers are certainly good news, lawmakers should be cautious about spending in the new legislative session, given the budget year has not even reached the halfway mark.

WASHINGTON - Late Tuesday night, the U. S. Senate reached an agreement with the House on a package of four dozen tax breaks for businesses and individuals totaling $41 billion.  But even those supporting passage recognize that it may not accomplish its goals of economic growth.


Among the tax breaks included in the package are deductions for teachers who buy classroom supplies and breaks for businesses for expensing and depreciation of equipment.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Municipal Association has won a clear victory over a 2010 lawsuit brought by the Maine Heritage Policy Center.

The conservative advocacy group had argued it was improper for the MMA to lobby and campaign against several ballot initiatives supported by the center. 

MMA Executive Director Chris Lockwood is praising the ruling. “This is a very important, strong affirmation by the courts recognizing of the legitimacy of municipalities and the municipal association being involved in advocacy,” he says.

Mainers are closely following the presidential aspirations of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been a frequent visitor to the family compound in Kennebunkport over the years.

Bush has announced that he's forming a political action committee to explore a presidential run.

Maine GOP Party Chairman Rick Bennett says Bush, and other potential Republican candidates for president, are stirring up interest two years before the presidential election.

WASHINGTON - An effort to establish a National Women's History Museum in Washington, D.C. is moving forward.

President Obama is expected to sign a bill authored by Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins that creates a privately-funded commission to prepare a report containing recommendations for establishing and maintaining the museum. 

Collins says a museum recognizing the contributions of American women is long overdue.