Governor Mills Signs Bill to Expand Access to Child Care

Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 1712, a bill that will expand access to quality, affordable child care in Maine. The new law seeks to replicate a successful program in Somerset County modeled after the successful Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership. Under...

Maine’s energy costs rank among highest in US, study shows

A new study shows the costs of heating and cooling your home or fueling your car are high. Maine’s energy costs ranks as the sixth-most expensive among the states and the District of Columbia, according to an analysis published last week by financial website...

Maine joins debate over how to define environmental justice

Maine has about eight months to come up with a definition of environmental justice that will guide new legislation in the state. That task comes on the direction of a law passed by the Maine Legislature. With that law, Maine joins a growing group of states enacting...

Maine House Sustains Mills’ Veto Of Gaming Bill

The House had given the measure more than a two thirds vote earlier in the process, but only 80 members voted to override Gov. Janet Mill’s veto of the legislation that would allow Maine tribes to build and operate gaming facilities. For decades, Maine’s tribes have...

Winter power disconnection threats banned in Maine

Maine has banned winter electricity disconnection threats that mislead consumers. Lawmakers in the state, including Democratic Rep. Seth Berry, proposed a bill to prevent electric utilities from sending out misleading disconnection notices during the winter as part of...

Maine apprenticeship programs get $5.6M boost from feds

The Maine Department of Labor has been awarded $5,594,187 in federal funding to support and expand apprenticeship programs across the state, according to an announcement last week from Maine’s U.S. senators. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of...