Many King, Baldacci documents deleted from state servers
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Many documents from the administrations of Maine independent Gov. Angus King and Democratic Gov. John Baldacci have been deleted from state file servers — and are likely gone forever.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed more bills than all Maine governors combined since 1917.
Bangor Daily News reports the Republican has vetoed 642 bills approved by the Legislature in his 7 ½-year tenure. The vetoes of every other Maine governor since Gov. Carl Elias Milliken total 469.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine is poised to capture hundreds of jobs when offshore wind takes off and should adopt policy positions to improve its opportunities, according to a new report.
The report by the American Jobs Project said Maine is well-positioned thanks to advances in floating platforms developed by the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
It suggests that Maine could see 2,100 jobs if the state adopts "forward-thinking policies."
Jon Jenkins considering independent bid for governor
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Count Jon Jenkins among those mulling a run for governor in Maine.
The former mayor of Lewiston and Auburn, former state senator and martial arts expert tells the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/2guRFT5 ) that he's preparing to run for governor as an independent "provided that things fall in place."
The 65-year-old said the pieces are coming together "for a legitimate, full-time campaign."
Former Maine governor says he’d consider another run
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Maine Democratic Gov. John Baldacci says he would seriously mull another run for governor if he has concerns with the field of candidates.
Baldacci on a Thursday radio appearance said he could consider entering the race if he doesn't see enough "moderation" or bipartisan spirit among candidates.
So far, 15 candidates, including nine Democrats registered to run for the 2018 gubernatorial race. Republican Gov. Paul LePage can't run again due to term limits.
Watchdog: Accountability lacking for Pine Tree program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A report suggests a program created by then-Maine Gov. John Baldacci to spur development in economically depressed areas is not helping much, and some lawmakers are ready to scrap the program.
The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability recommended a major overhaul of the Pine Tree Development Zone program, saying it lacks accountability to assess its true capacity to create jobs.
Dozens of rural areas leave fast-track wind power zone
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Dozens of sparsely populated areas across Maine have won special protections that could pose a hurdle to companies looking to build wind power turbines in some of the state's windiest areas.
Maine delegation’s 2005 meeting with Castro was memorable
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of a Maine agricultural trade mission who met late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2005 will likely never forget the communist leader.
Castro, who was 80 at the time, wore his gym clothes to a last-minute meeting in which he engaged in a lengthy discussion about artificial insemination in cattle, former Gov. John Baldacci said. The Down East accent earned a quizzical look from Castro.
Maine approves tax on high earners for education
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest earners will pay an additional 3 percent tax toward a new fund that will help support public education.
Voters approved a ballot question to add the tax on individual taxable incomes above $200,000. The vote was extremely close — less than 1 percentage point.
The fund's purpose is to support student learning in kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools. Hundreds of TV ads aired about the school funding proposal.