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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As they did a year ago, members of the Maine Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Services Committee have gone in different directions on the question of approving additional casinos in Maine.

A year ago the panel had a five-way split, and this year it is a three-way split.

The majority would authorize a new casino in southern Maine. Some would allow that but also authorize the state’s Indian tribes to have casinos.

Ellsworth Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat who co-chairs the committee, was among those voting against the bill in either form.

Legislation to bring Maine’s tax policies in line with federal law was supposed to be adopted this week in Augusta. But lawmakers have gone home until next Tuesday with no movement on the issue.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Heritage Policy Center has released its so-called "Piglet Book" - a compilation of what the group says is questionable spending by state government.

The items range from more than $50,000 spent on bottled water in 2014 to increased costs in the Attorney General's Office and in the Office of the Governor.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature is divided over how to cover millions of dollars in lost income tax revenues that are expected from the state’s decision to conform with federal tax law.

Patty Wight / MPBN file

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is proposing that the state increase the salaries of law enforcement agencies, including the Maine State Police and Marine Patrol, as a way to attract and retain more recruits.