Monday, February 25, 2008

The Augustan: Monday, February 25, 2008

Funding for K-12, University of Maine system, and community college system will likely decrease.

Governor Baldacci predicted a budget shortfall of a little higher than $200 million.

BDN: LR 3488 would be a good step in requiring prove of residency in Maine to secure a driver's license, but the next step should be to require applicants to prove they are legal residents of the U.S.

BDN: LD 1969, a bill that would raise the daily pay of the seven Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) from $55 to $100 per day, could lead to better reforms in land regulation.

Maggie Drummond: Legislature should pass LD 2082, a bill that would force the state to strongly consider renovating older buildings before constructing new ones.

Jon Reisman: Passage of LD 2210 and LD 2048, bills that would regulate chemicals in consumer products and toys, would be a further extension of the nanny state that would hamper entreprenurial spirit and economic growth in the state.

State Health Officer: More Mainers have gotten the flue over the last 10 days, so Maine's relatively low contraction rate may be on the upswing.

LD 1987 would allow cases of wine to be shipped to homes.

- John C.L. Morgan

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