Legislative Update March 18, 2022

The Maine State House was shut down for the week, forcing the canceling of Thursday’s legislative session. The building was evacuated Monday when pipes burst, flooding the first floor and the tunnel to the Cross Office Building. Workers have been repairing the damage...

Legislative Update March 11, 2022

Statutory Adjournment is Around the Corner Statutory adjournment is five weeks away and the Maine Legislature still has a lot of work to complete. Bills are still being printed, committees are still meeting daily and there are still controversial bills remaining to be...

Legislative Update March 4, 2022

Maine lawmakers begin reviewing Janet Mills’ supplemental budge Members of the Maine Legislature began debating Governor Janet Mills’ supplemental budget proposal this week, which includes sending $500 refund payments to many taxpayers. Gov. Mills released...

The Legislature Returns

January 7, 2022 The Maine Legislature has begun Committee meetings for the Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine Legislature. This week the Environment and Natural Resource Committee voted Ought Not to Pass on LD 1532 An Act To Protect Maine’s Air Quality by...

Maine’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $12.75 Per Hour in 2022

Pursuant to Maine law (Maine statute 26 MRS 664), effective January 1, 2022, the state minimum wage will increase from $12.15 to $12.75 per hour, based on data recently made available by the U.S. Department of Labors Bureau of Labor Statistics. Maine law requires...

Special election set to fill House District 86 seat

Governor Janet Mills and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows signed a proclamation announcing a special election for the Maine House District 86 seat will be held Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This House seat was previously held by Representative Justin Fecteau, R-Augusta,...

Maine Referendum Would Create Hurdle To Consumer-Owned Utility

Opponents of a proposal to replace the state’s privately owned electric companies with a consumer-owned utility have crafted a referendum that could create a new hurdle. Opponents of the proposal to buy out Maine’s two privately held electric utilities are...

State tax revenues continue be higher than anticipated

Maine’s state government had a budget surplus of more than $40 million for the month of August, officials with the governor’s office said. The office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the $42.4 million surplus for the month beat expectations by nearly 12 percent....