Governor LePage is not happy with the Appropriations Committee’s latest budget plan, designed to close a $221 million gap.LePage says he was presented a plan on Thursday and said he would not sign nor veto the proposal.Now, the governor says their plan has drastically changed.According to LePage, the latest plan eliminates nearly all the structural changes necessary to make Maine’s welfare system affordable and sustainable.He says it’s full of gimmicks and if the plan moves forward, there will be another large shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services.Monday afternoon democratic leaders said they’re continuing to find alternative solutions to repair DHHS, despite premature threats from the governor to veto the budget.
55…62…66…Those used to be common ages to retire, but lately, those milestones are just numbers.A see-saw economy, coupled with folks living longer, is changing the way we view “the golden years.”Seniors have had to put their retirement plans on hold because of the recession, but there is also a group of Mainers that just want to keep working.Financial experts say there are certainly pluses to that, but there can negatives as well.Joy Hollowell brings us part two of a special report on Delaying Retirement.===”I started with the bank and opened the Hogan Road office,” says Jane Irving.33 years later, the Senior Vice President at Bangor Savings Bank says she still loves her job.”I think part of it is because it has always been a challenging position,” explains Irving.
Lining the walls of John Calderwood’s office is proof of decades of hard work.After 21 years in the Coast Guard, followed by 30 more shoeing horses, it would seem the only thing missing from here is a sign of retirement.”I don’t think I’m going to ever live long enough to accomplish everything I want to accomplish,” said Calderwood.Maybe that’s why after a failed attempt at retiring years ago, John has given in to a lifelong labor of love.”As far as I’m concerned, it’s a great way to spend a retirement.”Here is where he’s built a new career as a blacksmith.”I work down here seven days a week.
A man accused of holding up a Millinocket pharmacy in August pleaded guilty in federal court Monday.Authorities say Nicholas Skoby, 30, of Rockport walked into the Rite Aid on Central Street, showed a handgun and handed over a note demanding prescription drugs and money.In court Monday, Skoby admitted to one count of robbery, and one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.A sentencing date has not been set.
A $5 million dollar project is nearing completion in Dover-Foxcroft.The town’s courthouse has undergone some major renovations in the last few months.After working in a cramped and outdated space for years, staff moved into their new offices last week.”We’re very pleased to be in it.
They’re known as the golden years, a time to sit back and relax after years of punching the clock.But thanks to today’s shaky economy and rising health care costs, many are re-thinking their retirement plans.A recent study shows fewer seniors are planning to retire at the age of 66, and they cite the financial crisis as the number one reason why.Joy Hollowell has part one of a special report on Delaying Retirement.=====Each week, Mike Johnson teaches a Computer Boot Camp at the Career Center in Bangor.”Now, you type in whatever it is that you want to type in,” he tells a student.Johnson is 65, an age when folks typically think about retiring.”Would that I could,” Johnson says with a laugh.Timing early on his career played a big role in retirement plans.”At one point, I was planning to, but I had a 32 year career with Delta Airlines,” explains Johnson.
A former substitute teacher accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy pleaded no contest to the charges Monday.46-year-old Dianne Leach of Steuben faces two counts of gross sexual assault of a student.Last April State Police were called to the Ella Lewis School in Steuben by a school administrator who claimed to see a text message from Leach on the victim’s cell phone.Prosecutors say Leach had a sexual relationship with the student for four months beginning in December 2010.The state has recommended a sentence that would place Leach in jail for six months.”The proposal as it is, is considered a cap which means we’re free to argue for less,” says Defense Attorney Jeff Davidson.The victim’s aunt tells us that’s not enough.”It’s a slap on the wrist.
Waterville Police say the father of missing toddler Ayla Reynolds, Justin DiPietro, and his older brother, 27-year-old Lance DiPietro, were involved in a fight Monday that landed another man in the hospital.Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey said that just after noon on Monday the Dipietros were driving on College Avenue in Waterville when they spotted a man they said had been making derogatory comments about their family.Police say they stopped the car at in the parking lot of Bill’s Tire in Waterville where Lance DiPietro approached the man armed with a miniature baseball bat.
The city of Portland has granted a four-day extension to allow Occupy Maine demonstrators more time to remove their belongings from Lincoln Park.City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says an attorney for the demonstrators made the request and the city agreed to extend its eviction order until 8 a.m.
A gallon of gas in Maine has risen by nearly two cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.59.Even though the increase in Maine was smaller than the national average, the average retail price in the state remains 16 cents higher than the national average.Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that prices are nearly 40 cents higher than a year ago and about 15 cents higher than a month ago.A company analyst says prices have traditionally risen in late February and March, so consumers should expect to pay more at the pump in the coming weeks.