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The Maine Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill introduced by Sen. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, that seeks to attract and retain recently graduated doctors in Maine.
Maine gets high marks for its work on the environment, safety and forest growth, but is struggling in workforce, education, transportation infrastructure and health care, according to the
Maine lawmakers are considering the introduction of a statewide plastic-bag ban supported by retailers and environmental groups. The measure, LD 1532, “An Act to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Carry-Out Bags,” seeks to tackle the plastic pollution
When the Falmouth Crossing Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy launched a “grand reopening” April 12, it was only a small part of a $100 million two-year renovation program for some of the company’s Maine stores.
In 2018, there were 79 new vacation rental registrations in Bar Harbor, a 295% increase over 2017.
Portland is the only metropolitan area in the Northeast included in the Top 25 “Best Places to Live” rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Maine has the third-highest tax burden in the United States, according to a WalletHub survey released ahead of the April 15 filing day.
The Maine AFL-CIO urged lawmakers Monday to reject several bills that would lower the minimum wage, particularly ones that would create a separate, lower, wage for teenagers,but a group representing small businesses said a lower wage is better for
It's Women's History Month and Maine was recently ranked No. 7 on WalletHub's best states for women.
Stuart Landesberg, founder and CEO of e-commerce startup Grove Collaborative, said the seller of natural home, beauty and personal care products chose Portland as its East Coast location because of the people, referring to talent as well as values.
Shipyard Brewing Co. and Allagash Brewing Co., both of Portland, still rank among the country's top 50 brewers in a tally published Monday.
Seaweed Week is being organized for April 26 through May 4 in Portland to spotlight businesses that champion sea vegetables and challenge others to start innovating with them.
Central Maine Power Co.'s $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project is reaching the endgame, with opponents and proponents squaring off in an all-day hearing Thursday hosted by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Maine has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 21 states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, Gov. Janet Mills announced at Friday's E2Tech 2019 conference.
Maine ranks seventh best in WalletHub's “best and worst states for women,” released today by the personal finance website.
Focus is increasing on access to farmland and its potential as a renewed economic driver for Maine as potential new farmers look for land and established ones get ready to retire.
Sen. Nathan Libby, D-Lewiston, is sponsoring a bill, LD 149, that would ask voters to approve a $250 million bond issue to ease student debt. Under Libby’s proposal, if voters approved, the $250 million bond would fund a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to help pay off student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. It also would reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for five years.
Andrea Cianchette Maker, a partner at Pierce Atwood, testified in support of the bill on behalf of Acadia Insurance and IDEXX Laboratories. Citing figures from the Project on Student Debt, Maker noted the average student loan indebtedness for Mainers is $31,364, which is 10th highest in the nation. In total, she said, Mainers owe more than $6 billion in student debt.
“If enacted, LD 149 could be a game-changer for our state,” Maker wrote. “It will significantly help Maine attract and retain a desperately needed future workforce by helping our workers get out from under college debt in an expedited manner. After that debt is paid, they will be fully engaged in Maine's economy and in a much better position to invest in their futures here in Maine, from buying a first home to raising a family.”
At its May 9 public hearing, the bill received support from Behavioral Health Community Collaborative, Maine Association of Realtors, Maine State Employees Association, AARP Maine, Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Tourism Association, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a number of individuals who shared personal stories about how their student debt adversely affects their lives.
Of the 27 people testifying at the hearing, only a few opposed Libby’s bill outright — essentially saying the state’s resources are not unlimited and the bond would divert funding from other essential needs.
The fiscal statement attached to the bill indicates a 10-year $250 million bond would require another $65.3 million to pay off at a 4.75% interest rate, for a total cost of $315.3 million.