Category Archives: Legislature

LePage says he wants more welfare?

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Phil: Google. Amazon. Nike. Ethan: Let me guess. You are checking investments for your clients? Phil: Teslar. General Electric. IBM. Ethan: You are trying to memorize the 30 stocks of the Dow? Phil: Southwest Airlines. Boeing. Lockheed Martin. Ethan: You want to buy an airplane for your wife? Phil: Costco. Cisco. Campbell Soup. Caterpillar. Ethan: […]

What is wrong with Gov LePage asking the voters if they want smaller government?

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The Maine Legislature will vote on the Republican MaineCare compromise bill Wednesday. With the Affordable Care Act and discussion of Medicaid expansion, Maine is in the middle of a policy push and pull. Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling joined the Morning Report to discuss Medicaid expansion and other Maine political issues. LePage has also now proposed to […]

Will “Open for Business” open any businesses?

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Keeping a promise he made during his State of the State address, Governor Paul LePage announced his new plan to attract big businesses to two former air bases in Maine. The governor says his plan would give big incentives to any business that can invest at least $50,000,000, hire at least 1,500 employees, and locate at either the former Loring […]

Creating a virtual education monopoly is a step in the wrong direction

The debate over approving and implementing charter schools in Maine, especially digital learning options for Maine students, continues to heat up. As I write, legislation is moving forward in Augusta that threatens to undercut the lengthy, thoughtful and rigorous Charter School Commission school approval process and instead send Maine parents and students back to the […]

Is Michaud’s plan an economic boon or unaffordable Lamborghini?

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Ethan: Did you see Democrat Mike Michaud’s “Maine Made” plan to strengthen Maine’s economy and grow jobs? Phil: I did. Good to see that all three candidates for governor have published material, so political analysts like us have something to read during these freezing days of February. Ethan: Freezing days of February? I’m in California, […]