State political coverage
Maine politicians turn to voters with welfare pitches Medicaid expansion and welfare reform figure prominently in both parties’ plans for fall.
Maine to put ID photos on welfare benefit cards The LePage administration says the action will prevent fraud and abuse, but advocates for the poor say such plans potentially harm those who rely on benefits.
Final-hours push for Maine Medicaid expansion appears headed for another LePage veto A new proposal would use federal money allocated to expand the program to help low-income Mainers buy private insurance coverage.
Maine may be fined $7 million over welfare work shortcomings The U.S. wants $7 million for non-compliance that Gov. Paul LePage says he tried to fix, but others say a big fine is unlikely and the non-compliance is from 2011.
Maine congressional candidates Cain, Poliquin close in fundraising Cain, a Democrat, and Poliquin, a Republican, are well ahead of their opponents in the June 10 primary.
Poll shows LePage, Michaud in virtual tie in Maine race for governor The survey gives the governor a slight lead -- his first in public poll -- but margin of error, other surveys indicates dead heat.
Maine Senate upholds LePage veto of solar rebate bill The governor objected to the bill because it would’ve added 60 cents a year to residents’ electric bills.
Maine Legislature enacts $32 million budget fix The proposal includes a provision to help hundreds of developmentally disabled Mainers waiting for home- and community-based support services.
Cutler releases Maine tax reform plan Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s plan would reduce property taxes by up to 40 percent, and pay for it by expanding the sales tax.
Maine bill to halt virtual charter schools fails in House The bill falls short of the two-thirds support that emergency measures, or bills that take effect immediately, need for final passage.