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.
But Paul LePage’s threat to not certify Tuesday’s election may be a hollow one.
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.
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.
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.
Massachusetts, Maine, and others want to police companies that collect loan payments. The Department of Education says they can't.
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.
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.
America’s increasing appetite for salmon could give Bucksport, Maine a much-needed economic boost.
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.
Plus an update on Medicaid ballot initiatives in Utah and Idaho, and what the legislative tiebreaker in Virginia means for that state’s expansion.
With Medicaid expansion in Maine and Democratic wins in Virginia, voters affirm a bigger role for government in health care.
The Republican governor says he will block Medicaid expansion (again) until the state legislature can find a way to pay for the program.
Two other states, Utah and Idaho, may attempt their own expansion-by-referendum on next year’s ballot.
A Medicaid expansion by ballot measure in Maine, the looming cliff in Puerto Rico and news from Utah and Wisconsin.
While there are plenty of great civic engagement case studies out there, they’re not always specifically geared for smaller communities.
But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.
Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.
STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vetoes major education bill; Miami’s new “puppy mill” ordinance; and an Alaska town’s entire police force quits.
A conversation with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats advising the president on “election integrity.”
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