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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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's county jail system will undergo yet another change in its state funding system. The new funding plan, approved by the Legislature this week, does away with the state Board of Corrections, and gives control over the state's share of jail funding to the Department of Corrections.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has signed an $85 million bond issue for road and bridge repairs, sending the proposal to the voters for their approval, but he says he will veto a $15 million general obligation bond for senior housing.

LePage says it's a "feel good" bill that is not needed because the Maine State Housing Authority already can issue bonds for senior housing projects.

"They are putting GO (general obligation) money into housing and there is no method for payment," LePage says, "and it's a real dangerous precedent, and I am not going to let it happen."

BANGOR, Maine - Maine Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president.  Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him for president," Collins said at an event in Bangor.

Collins says Bush has the executive experience as a former governor, something she says is needed by any candidate for president. She says Bush is best equipped to face the many problems a president needs to deal with.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawmakers have approved sending an $85 million bond to the voters in November for road and bridge repair and replacement.

The package drew broad bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. But Rep. Andrew McLean, a Gorham Democrat who co-chairs the Transportation Committee, says the measure would only partially address the back log of work at the Department of Transportation.

"We're significantly short every single year," McLean says. "The DOT's own work plan says that we are behind between $120 and $150 million every year."

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature has adjourned until July 16, unless Gov. Paul LePage exercises his ability to line item veto bills with a price tag.

If that happens, lawmakers will be called back to the capitol by House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

"We're not sure if we will have line item vetoes for sure," Thibodeau says, "and if we were to have them we would have to come back in before the 16th, but if not, we will be back in the 16th."