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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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Interview with Gov. Baldacci about the Governor’s conference

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Exclusive Interviews, Health Care, Issue 21, Issue 22, Issue 23, Maine's green energy potential

Governor Baldacci at the State House in Maine
Governor Baldacci at the State House in Maine
The Annual National Governors Association Conference was held in Bilox, Mississippi, in July why was it important to attend?

It was a very important meeting because we were given an opportunity to talk directly to Obama Administration representatives as a bi-partisan group of Governors.

We talked about energy transmission interconnection lines, about the issues of renewable energies, education, healthcare, and rail expansion. We were given a presentation on the economy from the Federal Reserve director in the Atlanta district. It was very worthwhile.

We were able to weigh in on the national healthcare reform, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which was a unique opportunity.

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Issue #22 – Maine is open for business

August 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Issue 22

IN THIS ISSUE:

• In an exclusive interview, Governor John E. Baldacci explains how Maine is open for business, with lower income taxes, incentives for businesses and a growing innovative economy. The governor also comments on President Obama as a leader and partner and similarities in healthcare programs.

Maine INCOME TAXES CUT!

Pine Tree Zones expand for the entire state, the program gives business tax incentives.

• Maine’s staggering potential in wind, waves, and tidal production.

Bonds for MTAF awards go to innovative projects- which will grow Maine’s economy.

Also in this in issue 22:

Weatherization for all – the Energy Efficiency Trust and Board.
Building a foundation in Maine for universal health.
the Maine Wind Industry Initiative.
Editorial: Maine in the 21st economy: the state is open for business.
UMaine’s first national wind-blade challenge.
Maine, leading the nation in “firsts” in environmental laws.
Companies honored for their environmental stewardship.
An Act to Facilitate the Production of Liquid Biofuels.
MaineHousing offers cash incentives to buy first homes.
Rep. John Piotti, a problem-solving consensus builder.
Maine’s community service shines.
National Guard Health Report may become National standard.

All photography in this issue by Ramona du Houx unless indicated

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Maine National Guard Health Report may become National standard

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Issue 22

Honoring Mainers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country
Honoring Mainers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country

Governor John Baldacci and the Maine Legislature are calling on President Obama and Congress to adopt recommendations to increase medical standards, review vaccination protocols and provide better preventive treatment for members of the Maine National Guard.

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The Seboeis Lake Project, 2,400 acres is preserved

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Community Maine, Issue 22

The Governor joined Legislators, conservation groups and local officials to celebrate a major step forward in permanently protecting over 2,400 acres of recreational lake frontage between Milo and Millinocket, last spring.

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A new scholarship program to create more doctors in Maine

July 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Community Maine, Education, Health Care, Issue 22

Gov. Baldacci congratulates Sen Marrache for her work on the new Medical Scholarship program
Gov. Baldacci congratulates Sen Marrache for her work on the new Medical Scholarship program
An Act To Encourage Maine Residents To Attend Medical School and Practice in Maine creates the Doctors for Maine’s Future Scholarship Program, which provides tuition scholarships for Maine residents to support their medical educations.

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Maine’s solar energy program taking applications

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Energy Issues, Issue 22

The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced that it has re-opened the program, Gov. Baldacci started, that provides cash rebates for the installation of qualifying solar energy systems on Maine homes and small businesses.

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Honoring and encouraging volunteers in Maine, and the Nation

July 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Community Maine, Issue 22

On the same day Maine celebrated its volunteers with the Governor’s Community Service awards ceremony at the state house, President Barack Obama signed his wide ranging community service bill.

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed on April 21, 2009, will more than triple the number of AmeriCorps volunteers to over 250,000. The law is a resounding call to action for the American people.

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Rep. John Piotti, a problem-solving consensus builder, played a key role in tax reform

July 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 22

At a time when many states are increasing taxes to balance budgets, Maine lawmakers cut the budget by $500 million and decreased the income tax rate. The state’s fiscal responsibility under the Baldacci administration opened the door for these historic measures, which will help move Maine out of the recession.

The majority leader in the House, Rep. John Piotti, working closely with the Governor’s Office, Democratic leadership, and Sen. Perry, played a key role to make tax reform and relief a reality.

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Gov. Baldacci says, “Maine is open for business.”

July 3rd, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Community Maine, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 22

Gov. John Baldacci hits a homerun for Maine with income tax reduced, the tax code restructured and tax incentives for business
Gov. John Baldacci hits a homerun for Maine with income tax reduced, the tax code restructured and tax incentives for business
Many states have raised taxes to balance their budgets. Maine did the opposite with a budget that was lower than its predecessor and income taxes were cut. How did Maine do it?

“There was an editorial in the Wall Street journal today (June 23, 2009) that talked about Maine’s ‘Miracle.’ They were referring to what we’ve been able to do. First of all, for the first time in 30 years the biennial budget has been less than its predecessor. That’s not by an inch, it’s by a mile — it was $500 million dollars less. We started out with a $6.3 billion proposed biennial budget and finished with a $5.8 billion two year budget. We made substantial cuts without raising taxes, while continuing to provide to the most vulnerable in this society. We rolled up our sleeves and worked together to do the right thing for the state of Maine.

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