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Immigration policy
5:44 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Maine Delegation Has Mixed Response to President's Immigration Order

Maine Sen. Angus King commented Friday on President Obama's immigration action at an event at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

The president's decision to act unilaterally on immigration Thursday night - and to spare nearly 5 million undocumented people in the U.S. from deportation - is not sitting well with Maine's two U.S. Senators. Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King say that, while they support the president's  "felons, not families" approach to deportation, they remain concerned about the process he is using - and its potential for creating a partisan stalemate in a new Republican Congress.

 

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Revenue forecast
5:35 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Forecasters: Maine's Revenue Picture Brightens as Economy Improves

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.

 

The committee has re-projected revenues from scores of sources, ranging from income and sales taxes to taxes on gambling, and even revenues from fines. The panel expects about $45 million in additional revenues for the current budget year and about $65 million more over the two-year budget that starts July 1.

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Food stamp policy
5:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Feds: Maine's Food Stamp Policy Jeopardizing Program's Funding

The new EBT card Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has issued to welfare recipients features photo identification.
Credit Jay Field / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state of Maine is being asked to clarify its new Electronic Benefits Cards policy or risk losing funding from the federal government.  At issue is a state policy designed to get food stamp applicants to have their photos taken for their EBT cards.  But the federal government is now warning that the policy raises "significant civil rights" and other concerns.

 

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Across the Aisle
5:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Across the Aisle: The Battle Over Immigration Policy

As the president prepares to address the nation this evening on immigration, Republicans in Congress are saying they will act to challenge his actions. It's the subject of this week's "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine politics, with Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator, and Meredith Strang Burgess, a former Republican legislator and CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

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Psychiatric beds eliminated
5:22 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Lewiston Hospital Shuts Down Psychiatric Crisis Unit

LEWISTON, Maine - About two weeks ago, St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston closed its Behavioral Intensive Care Unit. Hospital officials say it's a move they've contemplated for years, and recent financial struggles forced them to finally pull the plug. Finances are also driving a change to the hospital's outpatient substance abuse program, which will now require a down payment from those who qualify for free care. While some health advocates criticize the changes, hospital officials say the impact on patients will be minimal.

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