2014 Democratic State of the State Address

2014 Democratic State of the State Address

Hello. I’m Senate President Justin Alfond. Tonight, Governor Paul LePage will deliver the State of the State to the Legislature and to the people of Maine. For those of you who listen tonight, you may agree with what the Governor has outlined. Or you may not. But one thing all...
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Radio Address: Johnson says: LePage’s recycled, failed policies aren’t working for Maine. We need policies with a shelf-life longer than the next campaign cycle

Good Morning. This is State Senator Chris Johnson of Somerville. I’ve served in the State Senate for nearly three years now—and if there’s one issue that has dominated conversation, it’s jobs and the economy. More personally, it’s how folks feel about their financial situation.   Whether I’m talking to one of the many retirees in...

Maine continues anemic job growth, lags nation

Maine’s job deficit is 12,600 since the end of the recession   AUGUSTA — Top Democratic leaders in the Legislature said Maine’s anemic job growth continues to lag the nation as new monthly numbers were released today.   According to the State’s Department of Labor, Maine lost 900 jobs in July, while jobs grew nationally and...

New Business Insider Ranking Shows Maine’s Lagging Economic Growth

Legislative leaders say growing evidence underscores LePage’s failed management   AUGUSTA — Maine’s economic growth ranks 47th in a new study by a leading business publication, Business Insider.   The ranking is among the latest evidence showing Maine’s job and economic growth behind other states in the country. According to national labor statistics, the country...

BDN: New law aimed at expanding access to pre-K programs in effect Aug. 1

Read more here. AUGUSTA, Maine — A new law that expands access to pre-K programs in Maine’s public schools beginning in 2015-16 went into effect Aug. 1, according to the Maine Senate Majority office. The law outlines a five-year plan to make pre-K programs available in all school districts in the state by the 2018-19...

MPBN: New Law to Increase Access to Chemotherapy Pills

MPBN story on democratic Senator Emily Cain’s bill to improve insurance coverage for cancer treatment. “This disparity causes unfair hardship on certain patients simply because their treatment comes in a different form,” said Senator Cain.  “Orally-administered chemotherapy is becoming more available and this bill eliminates a barrier to essential access for hundreds of Maine patients and...

Weekly Radio Address: Boyle says: We need an economic plan that is driven for success, not mediocrity

Good Morning. This is State Senator Jim Boyle of Gorham. As the owner of a small business, I am aware that my seven employees—and their families—rely on my judgment and depend on the success of my business. This is a responsibility that I take very seriously. So when I read that only 25 percent of...