Budget Reconciliation

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Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap....more

Agenda Setting - Olympia’s new faces must address transportation infrastructure funding

January brings many new faces to Olympia. A new governor and an unusually large number of new members in the State House of Representatives and State Senate who have both volunteered and been elected to assume the mantle of...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 12-14-2012

The Legislature has not yet turned to the business of legislating and will not until January. Without a focus on policy, things in Augusta remain focused on political rhetoric and speculation about committee assignments and...more

Executive Branch has Advantage in Budget Timing (Part 2)

In Part 1, I described how the Executive Branch has a decided advantage in budget timing and development over the Legislature. (See post from October 18, 2012) The Legislature is not, however, without advantages of its own in...more

Crystal Ball Perspective: Will Healthcare Reform be Repealed if Romney Wins the Presidential Election? [Video]

In this video, attorney Eric Athey, Co-Chair of the McNees Labor and Employment group, discusses the possibility of a repeal of PPACA. Mitt Romney has pledged that, if elected, he will work to repeal the Act. However, given...more

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