Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The governor says he'll focus on that effort if the people of Maine re-elect him to a second term, but he won't support the current bipartisan plan to cut the tax in half.
The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-50, but it still fell shy of the two-thirds majority it will need to go to a voter referendum.
Also: Gun-show bill remains in the Senate.
An oft-cited study by the Kaiser Family Foundation claims Maine would save $690 million over the next 10 years if Medicare is expanded nationwide; the fate of a bill designed to stop private sales of guns if buyers aren’t screened for prior criminal activity remains unknown; a “first-of-its-kind” work force bill gets kudos from Democrats and Republicans alike; and Democrats’ vague, conceptual alternative to LePage’s A-to-F grading system for Maine schools gets heard this week.
But Democrats accuse the department of mismanagement and say they won't approve funds until Commissioner Mary Mayhew answers 'tough questions.'
The ACLU cheers the legislative panel's votes on measures aimed at 'chipping away' at rights.
Educators testify in favor of a bill that aims for pre-kindergarten in all Maine districts by 2017.
Maine legislators Thursday heard arguments for and against three separate bills that would change the laws regarding consent, information and limits of legal abortions in the state.
Testimony continues into the evening on bills proposed by lawmakers opposed to abortion.
But four members of the public safety committee were absent, and they still could vote on the measure.