Maine Development Foundation gave the state a mixed report card for its economy and business climate.
After Senate approval, it's the Maine House's turn to vote on an amendment to the school consolidation law that would give local school boards more power over budgets and teacher contracts.
LD 2192 would create tax incentives for dentists who practice in underserved areas.
LD 2044 would prohibit hospitals from charging patients or the patient's insurance providers for medical errors.
LD 2152 would repeal the Capital Investment Fund (CIF), a cap on how much a hospital can spend on new technology or facilities.
BDN: Legislature faces difficult situation with budget.
George Smith: Do not include the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in any merger of state agencies.
Governor Baldacci said new taxes or fees would be a last resort in an attempt to balance the budget.
SJ: LD 2179, a bill that would institute a uniform home energy efficiency standard for newly constructed homes, should be supported.
- John C.L. Morgan