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

WASHINGTON - At the end of 2013, scores of federal tax breaks expired.  So far, Congress has not acted to restore any of them. But that could change in this lame duck session. Members of Maine’s congressional delegation expect an effort to restore at least some of them.  And if Congress does act, it could affect state revenues.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine new Legislature will take office next week, but the outgoing members of the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs committee plan to meet again to try and settle on legislation overhauling the state's process for licensing casinos. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Citing an improving economy, Maine's Revenue Forecasting Committee is upping its projections for the current fiscal year, and for the next two years as well.

Maine's two U.S. senators asked questions and raised concerns about United States counter-terrorism efforts during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Under consideration is the nomination of Nicholas Rasmussen to be the director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

Independent Sen. Angus King says the agency needs to be thinking long term, not just dealing with day-to-day crisis situations.

AUGUSTA, Maine - After the first four months of the budget year, state revenues are up $27.6 million above estimates.

Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen says the October revenue report was “strong” with overall tax receipts $17.7 million above projections.

“Corporate income tax collections look good, coming in above projections, strong on the individual income tax, other tax lines good," he told MPBN news. "Sales tax still coming in a little bit under from what we are projecting, although there are categories in the sales tax that continue to show strength.”