During the Pandemic Maine Had the “Most Generous” Unemployment Compensation in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine has the "most generous" unemployment benefit of any U.S. state. This calculation is based on the average weekly unemployment benefit and the average weekly wage. This "replacement rate" is the share of a worker’s wages that is replaced by unemployment benefits. Maine's average payout is about 130% … Continue reading During the Pandemic Maine Had the “Most Generous” Unemployment Compensation in the U.S.

Legislative Republicans Detail Budget Priorities

STATE HOUSE/REMOTELY – Legislative Republicans have released a detailed list of priorities that should be included in a Supplemental Budget and subsequent funding bills. With hundreds of millions in additional tax revenue projected and more than a billion dollars coming from the Federal government, Legislative Republicans are now able to present an outline of their … Continue reading Legislative Republicans Detail Budget Priorities

Democrats Unanimously Vote to Raise Insurance Costs

(AUGUSTA, ME) in yet another partisan vote, Democrats in the Legislature defeated two bills intended to preserve lower insurance rates for individuals and small group markets and improve consumer choice. Maine’s individual insurance market has experienced an 11% reduction in premiums and increased coverage options. LDs 352 “An Act to Maintain the Integrity of the … Continue reading Democrats Unanimously Vote to Raise Insurance Costs

Maine Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Nursing Home Funding

(AUGUSTA, ME)—Last week, the Maine CDC revealed that nearly 60% of all COVID-related deaths in Maine have been among residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes (58.2%). We have known for years now that nursing homes are desperately understaffed due to a lack of funding and this clearly has diminished the level of care … Continue reading Maine Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Nursing Home Funding

Democrats Vote Unanimously Against Every Bill Limiting the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Despite an overwhelming outcry from the people of Maine who submitted nearly 400 pieces of written testimony with a ratio of 40:1 in favor, Democrats on the State and Local Government Committee today unanimously voted against all 14 bills that would have required a governor to collaborate with the Legislature before renewing emergency declarations. Every … Continue reading Democrats Vote Unanimously Against Every Bill Limiting the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Senators Brad Farrin and Scott Cyrway Welcome the State’s Decision to Drop Controversial Dam Removal Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 April 8, 2021 (Augusta, ME) – Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced today that his department will drop its planned changes to the Kennebec River management plan that had been the subject of a controversial rule-making process that ended recently. The plan called for removal of at least … Continue reading Senators Brad Farrin and Scott Cyrway Welcome the State’s Decision to Drop Controversial Dam Removal Plan