Things You Need to Know: LePage Wants to Make Some Welfare Changes More Permanent
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The Bangor Daily News reports Gov LePage has a bill would cut the time limits from five years to three years, a work requirement and a $5,000 asset test on certain households that get food stamps. This move would make it harder for future changes as they would be laws, not rules.
Waterville is looking at working out one year contracts with some of its unions as opposed to three. According to centralmaine.com it is an idea they are willing to explore.
According to centralmaine.com the Augusta School Board is voting this week on asking the state for the money to replace Hussey School.
From the Associated Press:
Gov LePage says that he wants the state to look into withdrawing from former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. But the state can't actually withdraw from federal law like the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Paul LePage said in a radio interview he wants to work with legislators to just "do our own thing" and suggested that a model could be Maine's workers' compensation insurance system. LePage's administration could apply for a newly effective waiver that lets state modify parts of Obama's health care law within its boundaries.
Maine wildlife managers are almost finished taking comments from the public about a plan to again trim the number of moose hunting permits. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to cut the number of moose permits to 2,080, which is 60 less than last year. The state gave out more than 2,800 permits in 2015.
Maine's senators say Congress should pass legislation that would make many veterans eligible for a free lifetime pass allowing entry to national parks. Sen. Angus King, an independent, says the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act would change current laws so all veterans with a service-connected disability would be eligible for the pass. It would also provide access to other lands and waters owned by the U.S. government.
Liberals and environmentalist groups in Maine say President Donald Trump's fossil fuel executive order is a regressive move that will make America unhealthier and less safe. Left-leaning politicians and groups were quick to bash Trump's order on Tuesday. The order eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production and follows up on Trump's promise to undo former President Barack Obama's efforts to curb global warming.
The state ethics commission's staff says they are looking into whether legislators are filing income disclosures as required by state law. The commission's Executive Director Jonathan Wayne told legislative leaders in a Tuesday memo that at least 58 lawmakers may not have filed a needed update. But that doesn't mean the commission is saying those lawmakers have violated the law.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with world leaders who have embraced cleaner energy sources. The order makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming, eliminating nearly a dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production.
Two anti-abortion activists who secretly recorded Planned Parenthood conversations about fetal tissue must each face more than a dozen felony charges. California's new Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 counts apiece Tuesday against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center of Medical Progress, saying the videos were made without the consent of the people in them in violation of state law. Planned Parenthood said the videos were deceptively edited to support extremists' false claims.
NFL owners passed several rules changes and adopting resolutions Tuesday they believe will speed up the game and enhance player safety. Most notable: Referees will now watch replays on the field using tablets, eliminating "going under the hood" to the watch on television monitors.
The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says White House meddling in Congress' Russia investigations is not helping to lift the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the Trump administration. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says that if the White House has nothing to hide about its relationship with Russia, there should be no problem with government officials answering questions in public testimony.
Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union, ending a 44-year relationship following the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months ago. Prime Minister Theresa May is due to tell House of Commons Wednesday afternoon that she has invoked Article 50 of the EU's key treaty, the trigger for a two-year countdown to Britain's exit.