Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Augustan: Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Budget shortfall is forcing Legislature to consider cut spending, raise taxes, dip into the state's savings account, or a combination of all three.

Market Decisions poll finds a large majority of Maine adults favor cuts in spending and oppose tax raises in order to balance the budget.

Maine government received a 'C' for effectiveness on a scorecard released by The Pew Center on the States.

LD 2219 would require lawmakers and executive branch officials to disclose information on real estate interests, investment interests, and positions held.

PPH: The Legislature should pass LD 2181, a bill that would require retailers to pay a cash refund of the unused amount on a gift card when there is less than $5 remaining.

Ron Bancroft: Maine's tax burden should be reduced to spur the state's economy.

Rep. Ralph Sarty (R-Denmark): Some of the funding destined for education and social services should be diverted to repairing Maine's roads and other infrastructure.

BDN: Instead of threatening states (including Maine) into compliance with the Real ID Act, the Department of Homeland should wait for the bill to be rewritten.

Thomas J. Gaffney: Charity and hope should guide Mainers as they debate possible cuts to social services.

Maine Human Rights Commission found reasonable grounds to believe J&S Oil Company discriminated against a disabled employee.

KJ: Legislature should approve LD 1957, a bill that would re-open the St. Croix river to alewife fish.

Peter Sly: It's time to step back and consider everyone's long-term interests when it comes to the northern Maine woods.

Department of Education said a school system's decision to withdrawal from consolidation talks with other school systems is ultimately the state's decision to make.

Legislator testified in favor of LD 2232, a bill that would allow groups to pay a $30 annual fee to host games of cribbage for up to 20 players.

- John C.L. Morgan

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