Governor LePage delivered a spirited speech on Thursday recapping a sometimes controversial first 100 days in office.Speaking in front of business leaders at the Blaine House, Governor LePage outlined where he says Maine’s business climate has gone in the past 35 years.
A big piece of Governor LePage’s plan to create jobs in Maine is regulatory reform.This afternoon in Augusta public hearings got underway on LD 1 an act to ensure regulatory fairness and reform.The Governor and many Republican lawmakers say the bill would eliminate regulations that are hampering business growth in the state.A big part of the bill would require benefit cost analysis prior to the passage of any regulation.Some environmental advocates who were fiercely opposed to this bill a few months ago say, after numerous changes, it’s come a long way.They say its more reasonable now but it’s still not perfect.
Hermon Middle schoolers got a glimpse of what their working lives might be down the road.Many occupations were represented at the job fair at their school, from firefighters to game wardens, television news too.The students picked out career workshops to attend then dug right in.Principal Jim Russell says what happened Thursday is important for tomorrow.”It’s never too early for these kids to start thinking what they like to do.
A Sabattus woman is going to prison for 10 months for her role setting up sham marriages.37-year-old Angela Roy sobbed in federal court in Bangor Wednesday as she described her role.Roy was recruited by two Massachusetts men to find people willing to marry foreign nationals for a fee.She also arranged sham wedding ceremonies, including her sister’s.
Mainers have an extra day to get their tax returns in.Monday, April 18th is the deadline, but that’s Patriots’ Day here in Maine, so you have until Tuesday, April 19th to get your returns in .The postal service is ready for all the tax returns anticipated to come in last minute.
A huge part of the nation’s history is heading to Bangor.The Declaration of Independence will be on display at the Bangor Public Library.One of only 26 of the original Dunlap Broadsides printed on the night of July 4, 1776 will be in the Stairwell Gallery at the library.
The president of Bates College in Maine is stepping down after nine years.Elaine Tuttle Hansen, the seventh president at Bates, said Wednesday she’ll step down in July to assume a new job elsewhere she said will be disclosed in the next two weeks.During her tenure, she increased student financial aid, boosted fundraising, developed a plan for facility upgrades and completed a strategic planning process for curriculum, research and student life.But her biggest achievement may be guiding the institution through the recession.Bates Trustee Scott Bierman says Hansen “managed the college with skill and determination through the most turbulent economic times in recent memory.”(Associated Press)
A tasty twist was put on some literary classics Wednesday evening.Friends of the Library put on their 10th annual Books to Eat event at Eastern Maine Community College.There were about 25 entries in five different categories, with inspiration being taken from childhood favorites like “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to award winning novels such as “To Kill a Mocking Bird”Many of the cakes were auctioned off as part a fundraising effort.But the night wasn’t all about tasty treats…The Friends of the Library were holding the event to bring awareness to National Library Week.The library at Eastern Maine Community College is open to the public.
Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center spent Wednesday in negotiations with the hospital.They voted Tuesday night to authorize a second strike if they can’t come to terms on a new contract.They went on strike for one day last fall.Members of the Maine State Nurses Association say that serious under-staffing at EMMC compromises patient care.The nurses have been working without a contract since September 30th of last year.They decided on Wednesday not to strike at this time.The Nurses Union representative Judy Brown, says they hope they’ll be able to resolve the issues when they resume negotiations in May.