News and editorial coverage

 

Out of work, state employees rally at State House
Portland Press Herald, July 1

Maine lawmakers reconvene after standoff forces shutdown of state government
Kennebec Journal, July 1

Live blog: Maine’s government shutdown
Bangor Daily NewMaine’s unnecessary government shutdown can end with compromise, not extortion
Bangor Daily News editorial, July 1

State employees warn governor of possible shutdown repercussions
WGME 13, June 29

Government shutdown could seriously affect state employees’ pay

WGME 13, June 28

 To reach a budget deal, Maine needs leadership from LePage, not a game of chicken
Bangor Daily News editorial, June 28

Our View: LePage is trying to shut down state government
Editorial in the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, and Portland Press Herald

As Government Shutdown Looms, Maine’s Elderly, Poor Prepare for the Worst
Maine Public, June 27

State Workers Brace for Government Shutdown
WABI 5, June 27

Maine workers express concerns as state government shutdown looms closer
WMTW News 8, June 23

State Employees’ Union Urges Lawmakers to Reach Budget Compromise
Maine Public, June 23

How Maine reached the brink of a government shutdown
Bangor Daily News, June 23

State workers say much is at risk if government shuts down
Portland Press Herald, June 23

Maine House speaker: Republicans must do their part to fully fund schools
Column by Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, in the Portland Press Herald, May 23

CBO: Republican health care bill raises premiums for older, poor Americans by as much as 850%
Vox Media news report, May 24

Minimum-wage hike as godsend: $30 more per week changes my life
Column by Kathy Rondone of Augusta, in the Portland Press Herald, May 25

Fewer people should be in prison, but hasty LePage plan has many flaws
Bangor Daily News editorial, May 25

Maine Senate votes to fund Machiasport prison, setting up showdown with LePage
Bangor Daily News, May 24

Editorial: Trump budget replicates disastrous Kansas approach. This won’t end well.
Kansas City Star Editorial, May 23

How Trump’s Budget Would Affect Every Part of Government
The New York Times, May 23

Our View: LePage lacks leadership in prison shutdown flap
Editorial in the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, May 23

As LePage eyes early release for inmates, lawmakers prep fight to save Down East prison
Bangor Daily News, May 23

Top health official ignores facts, own reports, by denying Maine’s infant death problem
Bangor Daily News editorial, May 16

MaineCare threatened under Republican health care plan
News story, Portland Press Herald, May 14

Republicans misstate, again and again on TV and at town halls, what’s in their health-care bill
News report, The Washington Post, May 12

Our View: Property tax cut keeps money in the right place. The Democrats’ budget proposal would share the cost of schools and other services more fairly
Editorial in the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel and Portland Press Herald, April 24

Audience Member Corrects LePage’s Math at Town Hall on Education Surcharge
News report on Maine Public, April 26

Editorial: The lessons Trump should learn from Kansas’ experiment in tax reform
Editorial in The Kansas City Star, April 26

Douglas Rooks: Disinformation sows confusion and mistrust
Column in Central Maine Newspapers, April 27

Bill Nemitz: In debate over school tax, LePage’s latest gaffe makes a big difference
Column in the Portland Press Herald, April 27

President Trump’s Laughable Plan to Cut His Own Taxes
Editorial in The New York Times, April 26

Our View: Maine’s minimum-wage hike is a law, not a suggestion
Editorial in the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Feb. 9

Maine Voices: Gov. LePage’s budget is a boon for wealthy, burden for working class
Column by Sarah Austin, policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Feb. 2, Portland Press Herald

Why privatizing mental health services won’t help patients in state care
Column by AFSCME Local 1814 member Lisa Cromwell, a mental health worker at Riverview Psychiatirc Center, Jan. 4, Bangor Daily News

Maine DOT facing shortage of plow truck drivers
WGME TV, Jan. 3

Maine DOT posts 90 job openings for snowplow drivers; will train
Central Maine Newspapers, Jan. 4

From the State House: Riverview’s future too important to decide without public input
Column by State Senator Roger Katz and State Rep. Drew Gattine, Jan. 3

Under LePage administration, state work being funneled to private sector
News story, Portland Press Herald, Oct. 25

‘LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows’
News story, Bangor Daily News, Oct. 18

Our View: DHHS outsourcing plan should be cause for alarm
Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Sept. 13

DHHS Seeking Private Partner for Welfare-to-Work Program
– News story, MPBN News, Sept. 12

LePage welfare privatization bid puts 51 state jobs on chopping block
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Sept. 12

State welfare programs to be run by out-of-state company
– WGME TV, Sept. 12

Maine will be recovering from LePage-induced damage for years. Recovery should start now.
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 25

Protestors fight to keep Calais DHHS office
WLBZ2 TV, Aug. 24

Gov. LePage shirks duty to Maine paper industry
Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Aug. 21

Augusta, Waterville courthouses to be open extra half-hour; closing times will be 4:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 6 for most of the state’s 36 courthouses
News story, Kennebec Journal, Aug. 19

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons
News story, The Washington Post, Aug. 18

When you wish away state government, there are bound to be consequences
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 16

DHHS’ ever-changing plans for housing mentally ill are a cause for deep concern
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 16

DHHS decision to close Calais office prompts outcry
– News story, The Quoddy Times, Aug. 12

Lawmakers say DHHS plan to build forensic unit at Riverview lacks clarity
News story, Portland Press Herald, Aug. 12

LePage’s dizzying, cruel and shameful dishonesty on a state hiring freeze
– Editorial, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 4

Any cuts to state workforce must be backed by solid reasoning
– Editorial, Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Central Maine Morning Sentinel, Aug. 4

Maine has sliced the ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks, help drug-affected babies
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 9

Memos underscore LePage’s goal of reducing state workforce
– News story, Portland Press Herald, Aug. 2

Read LePage’s hiring freeze memos and decide for yourself
– News story, Bangor Daily News, Aug. 2

Who would go if LePage succeeds in trimming state payroll
– News story, Bangor Daily News, July 31

LePage wants to cut about 2,300 state jobs in next budget, memo shows
– News story, Portland Press Herald, July 26

Editorial: ‘Disarray at Riverview deters patient progress’
— Portland Press Herald, June 20

State employee pay raises shouldn’t be a popularity contest
— Editorial, Bangor Daily News, March 25

LePage’s grave disservice to Maine’s poorest
— Editorial, Bangor Daily News, March 19

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