Governor Defies Maine Voters

June 15, 2012 by

Governor LePage announced on Tuesday night that he would not borrow funds for bonds Maine voters approved in 2009 for important state economic investments.

We’ve seen politicians ignore Maine voters before. But sometimes Mainers fight back.

In 1992, voters, fed up with the Legislature poaching hunting and fishing license fees intended to support fish stocking and deer herd management programs, approved by 3:1 a constitutional amendment to earmark forever license … Read the rest

State government’s ability to respond to future needs is diminished

June 11, 2012 by

As part of this year’s state budget cuts, the Governor just may have cut off his nose to spite his face.

On July 1, the State Planning Office, an office of the Executive Department, will be gone; its elimination proposed by Governor LePage and executed by the Legislature.

The State Planning Office was created in 1968 under Governor Ken Curtis to help state government respond to emerging problems, especially when … Read the rest