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AUGUSTA, Maine - One of the most controversial budget cuts proposed by the LePage administration this year would have eliminated MaineCare funding for methadone treatment in federally-regulated clinics. Instead, the state suggested that about 4,000 methadone patients be redirected to office-based treatment with the alternative drug Suboxone.

The idea was widely panned by substance abuse treatment providers, and lawmakers have opted to preserve the status quo - but to also look for ways to improve treatment.

It's Thursday, and that means it's time once again to check in on Maine Politics with our "Across the Aisle" regulars: Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and a former Democratic State senator, former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent. They spoke with Keith Shortall about the newly-launched investigation into the facts behind allegations that Gov. Paul LePage abused his power to punish a political adversary.

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.

Tom Porter / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Advocates for Maine's bicyclists and pedestrians are celebrating one of the rare examples of political harmony in Augusta: passage of a bill designed to make Maine roads safer for those who are traveling on two wheels or by foot.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

LEWISTON, Maine - The Lewiston City Council has voted 6 - 1 to continue paying General Assistance to about 200 current asylum seekers who are lawfully present in the city. But Lewiston also followed the Portland City Council's lead and voted to stop providing GA to new asylum seekers who arrive in Maine.

The action comes after a Superior Court judge upheld the LePage administration's decision to end state reimbursement for municipalities that offer aid to certain immigrants. And it continues a struggle that some say can only be resolved at the federal level.