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Election Issues 2009 —

October 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Announcements, Capitol news, Community Maine, Education, Issue 20, Issue 22, Issue 23, Public Safety

This week Governor John E. Baldacci with Maine families and volunteers including elected officials gathered at the home of Sally Dobres in Bangor to urge Maine people to vote NO on Question 1.

On Thursday the Governor appeared on the MSNBC Rachael Meddow Show and talked about why he supports No on Question 1.

“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I came to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.

“The law guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government.

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Inside Issue 20

April 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off · Issue 20

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Maine’s Legislature is back in session, and the work on the next two year budget has begun. The recession’s impact could be mitigated by merging agencies. Read what Governor John Baldacci has to say about these issues, President Obama and energy policies that will create jobs in the state.

Maine's Capitol
Maine's Capitol

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Dale McCormick, Maine’s Housing director, has introduced energy efficiency plans that are saving Mainers thousands. Her work has transformed the agency and could be used on a national basis.

Senate President Libby Mitchell, a long time leader on education issues, talks about how she intends to work in bipartisan way to move the state forward during these difficult times.

Meet the man behind Maine’s budgets: Maine’s Director of Financial Services, Ryan Low speaks candidly about budgets and what the state needs in the short and long terms for growth.

The Kennebec River. Many riverside communites were awarded state grants
The Kennebec River, many riverside communites were awarded state grants. Click photo for story.

Working with State Government can bring needed programs and grants to communities across the state. These are a few recent examples:

The Center for Maine Craft opened on I-295 where it is exhibiting works of over 300 Maine artisans.

Downtown revitalization grants can transform towns; Skowhegan is a recent example as the town is bringing more people downtown to shop.

Gov. Baldacci talks with NotifyMD's CEO Gene Ferguson about Pine Tree Zone benefits
Gov. Baldacci talks with NotifyMD's CEO Gene Ferguson about Pine Tree Zone benefits

Business news:

Companies expand because of the tax incentives offered by Pine Tree Zones and Maine’s workforce.

The Maine International Trade Center mission to Canada was a great success. International trade brings new companies to Maine, and Maine’s businesses in the global economy

Wind projects could make Maine an energy exporter. New cash incentives of up to $6,000 are now available from the Maine Public Utilities Commission for wind projects and other cash rebates are available for solar power.

Maine's leading ladies of government
Maine's leading ladies of government

Capitol News:

Session starts with women in key government positions.

Education:

New pilot program could transform high schools in New England.

The Alfond College Challenge gives $500 for all newborns in Maine.

Editorials:

John Hathaway’s answer to Maine’s Lobster conundrum.

Next Steps – how Maine can progress with consolidation efforts.

Democracy wins – how Obama’s win is a victory for Democracy.

All photos in this edition are by Ramona du Houx.

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Balancing budgets during a recession: a three-step process

February 18th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Issue 20

Savings for Maine's budget with consolidation efforts
Savings for Maine's budget with consolidation efforts
Governor John Baldacci of Maine with members of his cabinet during a budget announcement
Governor John Baldacci of Maine with members of his cabinet during a budget announcement

STEP III
The $6.1 billion biennial budget – cuts could be mitigated by consolidation efforts

While many states are increasing taxes to weather the economic storm, Baldacci will not raise broad-based taxes, saying that the people of Maine are already suffering from the recession. The budget proposal for FY 2010-11 extends the majority of the budget changes included in the supplemental budget. That budget must be approved before work starts on the ’010-’011 budget.

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Ethanol in Maine gasoline

February 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Announcements, Issue 20

Most gas stations are selling fuel containing 10% ethanol, a domestic product made from fermenting certain agricultural crops and wood. Because of a combination of federal regulatory requirements, tax incentives and market forces accounts for the fuel distributors’ business decision to supply the new blend, taking some drivers by surprise, and prompting questions about its performance and its environmental impact.

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An Interview with Gov. Baldacci

February 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Exclusive Interviews, Issue 20

Governor John Baldacci of Maine speaks candidly about the future of the state and working with President Obama. He talks about upcoming budgets, energy policies, and how Maine can progress in the 21st century economy. Baldacci says that green energy technologies and innovative projects will create jobs, and cutting bureaucracy by merging agencies will help improve services for the people of Maine.

Q: Do you think President-elect Obama is capable of bringing the change he promised for America?

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High school education addresses today’s needs

February 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Capitol news, Education, Issue 20

The announcement of the New England Education Consortium that will revolutionize how high school is taught
The announcement of the New England Education Consortium that will revolutionize how high school is taught

In the 21st century global economy, becoming an innovative thinker is a necessary skill for success. Secondary education needs to change to accommodate the new technology skills, interactive skills, communication skills, and workplace skills that are necessary to navigate careers that may change many times in a lifetime.

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All Maine newborns can receive $500 for college

February 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Community Maine, Education, Issue 20

Gov. John Baldacci celebrates with Elena Sobran during the announcement that eery baby in Maine has the oppotunity to obtain a $500

Jewett Hall at UMA in Augusta was brimming with over 150 babies and their smiling parents last December 11, giving thanks to the Alfond Foundation for establishing the Harold Alfond College Challenge, which will now be available to all babies born in Maine.

“Today with the future, as Harold would say, we celebrate a year of Harold’s vision being put to work. Now every newborn in Maine will share in that vision. Harold believed that every Maine child deserves this start,” said Alfond Foundation Chairman Gregory Powell.

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Democracy won!

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Editorials, Issue 20

Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx talks with residents of Brunswick on election day, 2008.
Rep. Alex Cornell du Houx talks with residents of Brunswick on election day, 2008.

Along with Barack Obama, there was another big winner on Election Day: democracy. As we move into this new era, it’s good to reflect on the electorate that is bringing change to Washington, DC.

Just after 11 pm, when CNN reported that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States, waves of relief swept the nation as a blanket of oppression was lifted. Tears, cheers, and dancing in the streets ensued. The country has a new mandate, a new direction. Democracy won.

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Karen Mills to lead Small Business Administration

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Issue 20

Karen Mills and Governor Baldacci in Brunswick, Maine.
Karen Mills and Governor Baldacci in Brunswick, Maine.

President-elect Barack Obama officially named Karen Gordon Mills, a Maine venture capitalist, to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration

“My experiences with the wonderful small businesses in Maine have been a valuable part of the foundation of understanding of small business and entrepreneurship that I hope to bring to this new role,” said Mills from her home in Brunswick.

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The 124th Legislature: ready for action

February 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Issue 20

Maine's House speaker, Hannah Pingree
Maine's House speaker, Hannah Pingree

Despite the gloom of the recession, there was an atmosphere of excitement and optimism as the new 124th legislators took oaths of office. There were no illusions about the difficult tasks facing the state, but with the chambers filled with new members, voted in on a wave of change that swept the nation, there is also hope.

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