Government & Politics

LePage OKs bill that backtracks wind law

Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill into law that reverses a portion of a law that helps developers fast-track the permitting process for wind projects in some rural areas.

Government & Politics

Legislature and LePage agree: Rural residents given right to question wind turbines

Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting |

After several years of trying, a group of citizens from the state's rural Unorganized Territories (UT) have won their fight to pass legislation that could give them greater say in the siting of...

Retail & Food service

L.L.Bean to open first New York outlet

L.L.Bean is planning to open its first outlet store in New York this summer.

Government & Politics

Bipartisan committee OKs LePage investigation

The state Legislature's bipartisan Government Oversight Committee has voted unanimously in support of launching a formal investigation into recent actions taken by Gov. Paul LePage.

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Large elder-care provider to end services

MAS Home Care of Maine, one of the state's largest elder-care providers, is ending home care services for roughly 1,000 clients by the end of the month, but its nine other programs will not be...

Professional services

Baker Newman Noyes merges with Boston firm

Baker Newman Noyes is continuing its expansion into Massachusetts after completing its merger with the external audit and tax practices of Boston-based Shatswell, MacLeod & Co.


Lawmakers OK new rules for Uber, similar services

Uber and other smartphone-based ridesharing services no longer have to worry about a disparity in regulations between different Maine towns and cities after lawmakers approved new statewide...

Government & Politics

Maine gets $1.1M to link workforce, education data

The Maine Department of Labor is receiving $1.1 million in federal funds to expand databases that will help researchers determine the effectiveness of workforce and education programs.

Energy & Utilities

Lawmakers OK bill that could boost solar generation

Maine lawmakers have passed a bill into law that could lead to a new way to reimburse businesses and homeowners who generate their own electricity with solar and other power sources.

Fisheries & Marine

Sprague proposes Portland boatyard expansion

Phineas Sprague Jr., the owner of Portland Yacht Services, is proposing to expand his boatyard on Portland’s waterfront.

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How to comply with Affordable Care Act's employer mandate

Steven R. Gerlach |

The Affordable Care Act is the most far-reaching piece of employee benefits legislation passed in 40 years. With 20,000 pages of regulations and other guidance, the ACA profoundly...

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Nancy Marshall |

We all dread the call that starts out, "How're you doing today?"

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Doug Packard |

How to make priorities your top priority

Jim Milliken |

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Jennifer Hooper |
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Freedom farm finds nothing’s free about name

A small family farm in Freedom is planning to change its name after being sued by a multinational tomato-growing firm over a trademark dispute.

Making energy cheaper, cleaner and more predictable

Martin Grohman |

As a newly minted member of the Legislature, I wanted to be on the Energy, Utilities and Technology committee. My goal is for Maine to have the cheapest, cleanest power in the nation. I...


Maine's highest-paid state employees

Ranked by total annual compensation, 2014

RankNameTotal compensation 2014/Salary 2014
1Rachel S. Harrow, physician III and hospital psychiatrist:
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center
$225,027.17 (1)/$191,408.80 (1)
2Michelle W. Gardner, clinical director:Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center$222,751.47/$196,897.60
3Judy A. Burk, physician III and hospital psychiatrist:
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center
$219,129.16 (1) $191,408.80 (1)

(1) Combined figure for two positions: physician III and hospital psychiatrist.
Notes: Physician III level requires current license to practice medicine in Maine as well as National Board Certification in medical specialty. Total compensation is the sum of regular
wages, stipends, overtime, and dental, health, life and retirement benefits.
SOURCE: Office of the State Controller (Department of Administrative and Financial Services) - by Heide Martin.

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