Over the past seven years, the state of Maine has made enormous strides in reducing the tax burden on its citizens. But tax relief at the state level, as we all know, is only part of the equation.
This November, Mainers will vote yea or nay on two ballot initiatives. Question 1 concerns authorization of a casino in York county. Question 2 asks voters to approve an expansion of Medicaid, a.k.a. MaineCare, to those now unable to qualify for assistance.
AUGUSTA (AP) — The Governor’s Energy Office says the price of heating oil is rising in Maine as fall nears.
The statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil was $2.19 per gallon this week. The office says that is 16 cents more than it was in late August.
ROCKLAND (AP) — A Maine woman says she’d rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs.
AUGUSTA (AP) — The Maine Association of Realtors says sales of existing single-family homes increased by more than 6 percent in August.
AUGUSTA (AP) — Early cases of the flu in Maine have prompted state officials to increase vaccination efforts.
The Banger Daily News reports multiple Maine hospitals have reported positive lab tests for influenza. Flu season usually begins in early October, but early cases of the illness have forced the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to take action.
BANGOR (AP) — Industry analysts say the primary owner of the Bangor Mall in Maine is at risk of defaulting on an $80 million loan that uses the mall as collateral.
JAY (AP) — Shareholders frustrated with returns from a Maine paper mill are considering selling the operation.
PORTLAND (AP) — Maine’s two senators are part of a push to increase funding for American agriculture promotion programs.
PORTLAND (AP) — A probate judge is convening a hearing on a woman’s request that her toddler daughter be declared dead more than five years after her disappearance evolved into the largest criminal investigation in Maine history.
PRESQUE ISLE (AP) — Officials say a plane carrying mail had to make an emergency landing in Maine, because its landing gear failed.
The twin-engine Wiggins Airways plane carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service made the belly landing at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. No one was seriously hurt.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Brinnon, Washington man was sentenced to six months in prison and fined $25,000 for trafficking ivory from protected species.
U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says David L. Boone took part in an operation between 2006 and 2008 that smuggled narwhal tusks from Canada into the U.S.
PORTLAND (AP) — The Cumberland County Sheriff ’s Department is the first in Maine to reject requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold prisoners in jail beyond their scheduled release.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce announced the decision in a Sept. 14 letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that challenges a Maine restriction common across most of the U.S. that abortions be performed solely by physicians.