Maine Voters Overrule Their Leaders

With support from Governor Paul LePage, the legislature nullified a statewide referendum approving ranked-choice voting. On Tuesday, the citizens got the final word and enacted it again.

Maine Governor: Ranked-Choice Voting Is the ‘Most Horrific Thing in the World’

But Paul LePage’s threat to not certify Tuesday’s election may be a hollow one.

Maine Is Building Its Tech Workforce From the Ground Up

The Office of Information Technology realized it had a retirement problem. In response, it took on the bigger problem of building a strong technology workforce across the state.

New Lawsuit Aims to Pressure Maine Governor to Act on Medicaid

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona teacher walkouts to continue … Gary to cancel its air show for second time … Nashville transit vote … and companies scoop up their scooters in Austin.

Cage-Free-Egg Laws Spur Cage Match Between States

When California and Massachusetts enacted laws requiring that eggs produced and sold there be raised cage-free, 13 states including some of the nation’s largest egg producers sued.

Why Would the Government Stop States From Helping Student Borrowers?

Massachusetts, Maine, and others want to police companies that collect loan payments. The Department of Education says they can't.

Maine's Fitful Experiment With a New Way of Voting

The state will be the first to implement ranked-choice voting in its June primaries, but not all the candidates will commit to accepting the results.

Nation’s Worst-Paid Governor Wants Pay Raise for His Successor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Connecticut committee OKs highway tolls; Hampton Roads a hub for human trafficking; Allentown seeking applications for interim mayor; and Columbus, Ohio’s big growth.

Struggling Mill Town Hopes for Aquaculture-Fueled Recovery

America’s increasing appetite for salmon could give Bucksport, Maine a much-needed economic boost.

More Maine Municipalities Look to State’s ‘Food Sovereignty’ Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Harvey’s economic boost; Memphis scrambles after sewage overflow; Kansas City mayor not upset about losing out on Amazon HQ2; and California high-speed rail costs balloon.

The Fight for Medicaid Expansion Still Isn’t Over in Maine

Plus an update on Medicaid ballot initiatives in Utah and Idaho, and what the legislative tiebreaker in Virginia means for that state’s expansion.

A Victory Lap for Obamacare at the Ballot Box

With Medicaid expansion in Maine and Democratic wins in Virginia, voters affirm a bigger role for government in health care.

60% of Maine Voted for Medicaid Expansion, But Gov. LePage Has Some Conditions

The Republican governor says he will block Medicaid expansion (again) until the state legislature can find a way to pay for the program.

Maine Becomes 1st State to Expand Medicaid by Ballot Vote

Two other states, Utah and Idaho, may attempt their own expansion-by-referendum on next year’s ballot.

Here Are The Medicaid Stories You Should Be Watching

A Medicaid expansion by ballot measure in Maine, the looming cliff in Puerto Rico and news from Utah and Wisconsin.

How to Rediscover ‘Heart and Soul’ in Small-Town America

While there are plenty of great civic engagement case studies out there, they’re not always specifically geared for smaller communities.

Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

War on Opioids Moves to Veterinarians’ Offices

Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians’ offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use.