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Collins a Likely ‘No’ on Minimum Wage

Collins a Likely ‘No’ on Minimum Wage

| April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she expects to oppose the Democratic effort to raise the federal minimum wage, all but dooming the election-year proposal. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the measure. It would gradually raise today’s $7.25 hourly minimum to $10.10 over 30 months. The long-shot measure needs […]

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Senate Rejects LePage’s Business Zones Plan

Senate Rejects LePage’s Business Zones Plan

| April 11, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has voted down Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to offer business tax breaks and workers the freedom not to pay labor union fees in an effort to attract big companies to the state. The Republican governor’s bill would set up pilot project areas in Brunswick and Limestone. Businesses that […]

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Maine Senate Overrides LePage Vetoes

Maine Senate Overrides LePage Vetoes

| April 2, 2014

  AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has followed the actions of the House to overturn two of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes. The Democratic-led House and Senate overturned LePage’s veto of a bill Wednesday creating a study group aimed at strengthening laws to protect children from abuse and neglect. LePage said the Department […]

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House and Senate at Odds Over Slot Machines

House and Senate at Odds Over Slot Machines

| March 20, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled House and Senate are at odds over proposals to bring more slot machines to the state. The Democratic-controlled House voted 77-57 on Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow veterans’ organizations like the American Legion to put slot machines in their clubs. The bill was shot down […]

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Senate Endorses Medicaid Expansion

Senate Endorses Medicaid Expansion

| March 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has endorsed a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but its future in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is uncertain. The 22-13 vote in the Senate falls short of the two-thirds support lawmakers will need to override a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But it faces […]

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