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  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Treasurer grills director about travel expenses

    AUGUSTA — State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin asked pointed questions Friday about meal and travel expenses incurred by the executive director of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, a quasi-state agency that borrows money on behalf of cities and towns across the state.

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Bond Bank director grilled over NYC expenses

    AUGUSTA — State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin asked pointed questions Friday about meal and travel expenses incurred by the executive director of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank, a quasi-state agency that borrows money on behalf of cities and towns across the state.

  • Published
    April 8, 2011

    Committee hears from building code supporters

    AUGUSTA — Rep. Lance Harvell told fellow lawmakers Thursday that they will hear “a giant sucking sound” this spring once people realize how expensive it’s going to be to comply with the state’s Uniform Building and Energy Code.

  • Published
    April 8, 2011

    Bill would repeal uniform statewide building code

    AUGUSTA — Rep. Lance Harvell told fellow lawmakers Thursday that they will hear “a giant sucking sound” this spring once people realize how expensive it’s going to be to comply with the state’s Uniform Building and Energy Code.

  • Published
    April 7, 2011

    Real ID rejection returns to House

    AUGUSTA — Republicans, Democrats and the only independent in the Maine House are backing a renewed effort to reject a federal identification program that some consider too invasive.

  • Published
    April 6, 2011

    Lawmakers, MCLU: ID law invades privacy

    A bill sponsored by Rep. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, seeks repeal of parts of Maine law that comply with the federal Real ID Act.

  • Published
    April 6, 2011

    Panel: Keep shellfish bed inspectors’ money

    AUGUSTA — State lawmakers must find $120,000 to maintain funding for three scientists who inspect shellfish beds, which are critical to Maine’s $20 million-a-year shellfish industry, Sen. Lois Snowe-Mello, R-Poland, said Tuesday.

  • Published
    April 6, 2011

    Panel wants to keep money for shellfish bed inspectors

    AUGUSTA — State lawmakers must find $120,000 to maintain funding for three scientists who inspect shellfish beds, which are critical to Maine’s $20 million-a-year shellfish industry, Sen. Lois Snowe-Mello, R-Poland, said Tuesday.

  • Published
    April 5, 2011

    Committee kills proposed town funding formula

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Taxation Committee has unanimously rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to change the way cities and towns receive state money, the committee’s Senate chair said Monday.

  • Published
    April 5, 2011

    Firefighters sound off on proposed cuts to health plan

    AUGUSTA — More than two dozen firefighters testified at the State House on Monday against a proposed cut in the state’s contribution to the retiree health plan that covers municipal first responders.

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