Friday, March 7, 2008

The Augustan: Friday, March 7, 2008

Legislature's efficiency office recommended the Legislature eliminate or reduce some of the 261 boards and commissions in state government.

Labor Committee approved LD 1809, a bill that would increase the minimum wage from $7 to $8 over three years and would subsequently tie the rate to inflation.

Governor Baldacci supports LD 209, a bill that would require proof of Maine residency before a driver's license were issued, and is willing to consider to support proof of legal status in the U.S., too.

Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission unanimously approved salmon fishing on the Penobscot River.

Maine House of Representatives unanimously approved LD 461, a bill that would curb human trafficking for prostitution, factory work, and other forms of forced labor.

Governor Baldacci said there will likely be a third round of proposed budget cuts.

Committee on Business, Research, and Economic Develepment heard testimony concerning four bills related to dentistry in Maine.

Department of Education released preliminary estimates for state education subsidies.

BDN: Market Decisions should conduct a more in-depth poll, and ask those 80 percent who oppose higher taxes what programs they would like to see cut.

David Trahan: School funding formulas are harming small rural schools.

Harry White: Allowing illegal aliens to garner Maine driver's licenses is shameful.

Stewart Baker: Maine's opposition to the Real ID is based on misconceptions about privacy and security.

The deadline for Democratic and Republican candidates to sign up for November legislative elections is March 17.

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation released a booklet to warn consumers about fraud, identity theft, and other scams.

KJ: Budget cuts are painful, but unavoidable.

Katie Lisnik: Legislature should pass LD 2010, a bill that would strengthen laws preventing puppy mills.

Mainers may find themselves caught in travel snafus because of the state's opposition to the Real ID law.

- John C.L. Morgan

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