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Maine Governor Janet Mills

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About the Governor

Janet Trafton Mills was sworn in as the 75th Governor of Maine on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

A fighter for Maine people and a fighter for a better future, Janet Mills ran for governor because she believed it was time for change -- a new direction for the state based on bold ideas and courageous, independent-minded leadership.

As governor, she is fighting to see that every Maine person has affordable, high-quality health care, that Maine has a strong economy with good-paying jobs in every part of the state, that every Maine child has access to a world-class education, and that Maine is a place where families can put down roots and raise their kids.

Janet was born and raised in Farmington, Maine, where she still proudly lives today. The granddaughter of Aroostook County potato farmers and the daughter of a long-time high school English teacher and the U.S. Attorney for Maine, Janet learned the value of hard-work at an early age, venturing out early every morning to deliver newspapers along her route and serving meals in the evening at the local diner. She graduated from Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the University of Maine School of Law.

Janet first entered public service as an Assistant Attorney General, where she prosecuted homicides and other major crimes. After a few years, she was elected District Attorney for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties, making her the first woman to be elected as a DA in New England.

In that role, Janet saw firsthand how the criminal justice system frequently failed victims of domestic violence. Frustrated by the legislature’s failure to take action, Janet co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby to advocate for battered and abused women, and won election to the Maine House of Representatives herself in 2002.

In 1985, she met and married the love of her life, her husband, Stan Kuklinski, a widower with five young daughters ages four to sixteen. Janet and Stan moved back to Farmington, and she became a full-time mom to five daughters who she helped raise while working full-time herself. She is now the proud grandmother to three grandsons and two granddaughters.

After a devastating stroke, Stan passed away in 2014. In the last year of his life, Janet learned firsthand what thousands of Maine families go through every year—a complex and confusing health care system, rejection letters from insurance companies, and unaffordable prescription drugs even for those lucky enough to have coverage. This is one of the reasons why Janet is so determined to ensure that every Maine person and every Maine family has access to affordable, high-quality health care.

Prior to becoming governor, Janet served as the Attorney General of Maine – the first and only woman to hold the job. As Attorney General, Janet has made it her mission to stand up to those who have tried to exploit Maine people—from fighting dishonest mortgage lending companies to help keep Maine people in their homes, to fighting big Pharma for their role in creating the opioid crisis and then using that money to purchase overdose-reversal kits that have saved more than 500 lives, to fighting to protect health care coverage for young adults.

Governor Mills is the first woman governor of Maine. In her historic victory, she earned more votes than any governor in state history and is first governor since 1966 to win a majority of the vote for her first term.

Recent News

Governor Mills Announces Emergency Winter Energy Relief Plan

The plan proposes sending $450 checks to Maine people, supplementing home heating assistance and emergency fuel programs, and funding emergency short-term housing to avoid homelessness during winter months Governor Janet Mills on Dec 6th, unveiled…

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82nd Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show Kicks Off January 10, 2023

The show returns to the Augusta Civic Center and aims to meet farmer demand for learning, planning, and networking. AUGUSTA, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Agricultural Trades Show, the state's largest…

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Governor Mills Announces Emergency Winter Energy Relief Plan

The plan proposes sending $450 checks to Maine people, supplementing home heating assistance and emergency fuel programs, and funding emergency short-term housing to avoid homelessness during winter months Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the…

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Governor Mills Announces Departure of Press Secretary Lindsay Crete

Communications Director Scott Ogden to Serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, DECD Spokesman Goodman to Join Governor’s Office as Deputy Press Secretary Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 5th, that her longtime spokeswoman Lindsay Crete will…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Presque Isle, June 5, 2022

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Deadly Force Review Panel Report - Old Town Use of Deadly Force Incident April 14, 2020

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins Brief in Support of LGBTQ+ Workers

Brief Filed in Support of Teacher at a North Carolina Catholic High School Terminated After Announcing Plans to Marry his Same-Sex Partner AUGUSTA - Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey joined a coalition of`18 attorneys general in filing a brief in…

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Governor Mills, Legislative Leadership Continue Discussions on Emergency Winter Heating Relief Plan

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement regarding the forthcoming emergency winter heating relief plan: “The Legislature and I share a commitment to providing financial relief to Maine people to help them remain safe and secure…

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Maine DHHS Awarded $13.8 Million Federal Grant to Protect Public Health

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced today, the award of $13.8 million by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) to invest in Maine’s critical public health infrastructure and…

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Governor Mills Marks 34th Annual World AIDS Day

Joins Maine CDC to unveil five-year HIV prevention and care plan Governor Mills on Dec 1st, joined the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) in observing the 34th Annual World AIDS Day. Governor Mills issued a proclamation…

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Governor Mills Announces $5.4 Million in Climate Investments to Protect Communities and Create Jobs

Record Clean Energy Investments Achieved Since State’s Climate Action Plan, Maine Won’t Wait, Was Released in 2020 Waterville, ME – Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 1st, that she will invest $5.4 million in State and Federal…

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Governor Mills Thanks Advisory Council on Military Sexual Trauma for Recommendations

Governor says she looks forward to reviewing recommendations and asks Advisory Council to continue meeting on a regular basis moving forward The Advisory Council on Military Sexual Trauma, established by Governor Janet Mills through an Executive…

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Urges Preparations Ahead of Incoming Storm

Augusta, ME - The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) says brace for a slippery morning drive and asks the public to be vigilant in preparing for this evening's rain and windstorm. The National Weather Service offices in Gray and Caribou report…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Representative McEachin

Augusta, MAINE - Pursuant to federal law, Governor Janet Mills has ordered the United States and State of Maine Flags to be lowered to half-staff on, November 29, 2022 in honor of the passing of United States Representative Donald McEachin from…

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Revenue Forecasting Committee Projects Additional $282.8 Million in Revenue for Current Biennium

Following its meeting on Nov 29th, Maine’s nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee (RFC) is expected to upgrade the State’s General Fund revenue forecast by approximately $282.8 million for the current biennium, which ends June 2023.…

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Animal Health Officials Remind Bird Owners to Protect Flocks from HPAI

Augusta, ME - Maine Animal Health officials with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) remind commercial and backyard flock owners to keep birds indoors to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). On…

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Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Voice Disappointment, Urge National Retailers to Continue Selling Maine Lobster

Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills today released the following statement after Whole Foods Market said it would stop selling Maine lobster nationwide: “We…

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DHHS Thanks Maine Adoptive Families During National Adoption Month in November

AUGUSTA -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is recognizing November as National Adoption Month by highlighting the vital role that adoptive parents play in creating safe and stable…

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Send Holiday Cheer, Not Pests: Follow Out-Of-State Plant Health Regulations

Save time and money by sending healthy plant material and knowing shipping and labeling requirements. AUGUSTA - Many Maine residents' holiday celebrations are incomplete without decorating with Maine-grown wreaths, trees, and other decorative…

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Mills Administration Announces $23.7 Million Unemployment Tax Cut for Maine Businesses

Strategic investments by Governor Mills will reduce unemployment taxes in 2023 The Mills Administration announced on Nov 17th, that many Maine businesses will see a significant reduction in unemployment taxes next year thanks to strategic…

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Governor Mills Statement on 2023 Standard Offer Electricity Supply Rates

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on Nov 16th, on the new standard offer electricity supply rates for 2023: “The standard offer prices accepted by the PUC are the direct result of Maine’s overreliance on fossil fuels,…

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Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Respond to Suspension of Lobster Fishery Certification by Marine Stewardship Council

Activists with an axe to grind have weaponized the court system and the Endangered Species Act,” say the Maine Congressional Delegation and Governor Mills in a statement PORTLAND, ME – Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King,…

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40 Attorneys General Announce Historic Google Settlement Over Location Tracking Practices

AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey on Nov 15th, announced that Maine along with 39 other attorneys general, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account…

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To Mark One Year Anniversary, Governor Mills and Maine’s Congressional Delegation Announce Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Has Delivered $966 Million to Date for Critical Infrastructure Investment

Senator Collins was a member of the core group of 10 Senators who negotiated the infrastructure package Mills Administration launches new website to track new infrastructure progress and projects across the state To mark the one-year anniversary…

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Governor Mills Recognizes Veterans Day

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement recognizing Veterans Day: “On Nov 11th, we pause to honor the dedication and sacrifice of those who have served Maine and the nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. From the 20th Maine’s…

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Governor Mills Celebrates Sappi Mill Expansion Announcement

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to an announcement by Sappi that it will invest approximately $418 million to convert its No. 2 Paper Machine at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan to manufacture packaging and specialty…

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Maine Joins Combined $16 Million Multistate Settlements Over 2012 and 2015 Experian Data Breaches

Experian and T-Mobile Agree to Improve Data Protection Practices AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey announced on Nov 7th, that Maine, along with a coalition of other attorneys general, has obtained two multistate settlements with…

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Governor Mills Celebrates LP Building Solutions Houlton Facility Expansion Announcement

Governor Janet Mills on Nov 2nd, praised an announcement by LP Building Solutions, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of engineered wood building products, that it will invest approximately $400 million to expand its LP Houlton facility to manufacture…

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CoverME.gov Now Open for Shopping and Enrolling in Affordable Health Coverage

More Maine people than ever will be eligible for help paying for Marketplace insurance in 2023 AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Nov 1st, that Maine people can now visit CoverME.gov, Maine's…

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Mills Administration Announces Inflation Relief Checks Sent to More Than 850,000 Maine People

With the deadline to file a 2021 income tax return closed, the Mills Administration announced on Nov 1st, that 850,010 relief checks have been sent to Maine taxpayers across the state. The $850 inflation relief checks – or $1700 for the…

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Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan News - November 1, 2022

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is Governor Mills’ plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying…

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Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Announces New Division Director

AUGUSTA, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources announced Michelle Webb as Director of the Agricultural Resource Development Division (ARD). As the new ARD Director, Michelle…

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Governor Mills Announces $5.5 Million Investment in Latest Round of Support for Maine Child Care Providers

American Rescue Plan Act funds build on historic investments to strengthen child care for working families Governor Janet Mills announced on Oct 26th, that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will award nearly $5.5 million to…

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During Visit to Waterville, Governor Mills Celebrates City’s Downtown Revitalization Efforts

Governor also visits newly dedicated Sukeforth Family Sports Center Waterville, Maine – Governor Janet Mills on Oct 21st, visited small businesses in Waterville and was briefed by municipal leaders on an $11.2 million partnership with Colby…

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Maine DHHS Issues $25 Million to Maine Hospitals to Support COVID-19 Recovery

AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Oct 20th, that it has issued $25 million to Maine hospitals in the latest round of funding to support their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and address ongoing…

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Governor Mills Announces $25 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Program to Offer Paid Work Experiences to Maine Students

Career Exploration program to connect 6,000 young people with paid opportunities at Maine employers to strengthen Maine’s workforce Bath, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Oct 20th, announced the Maine Career Exploration program, a…

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Statement from Governor Paul LePage - October 21, 2022

CDC Votes To Deprive Parental Choice With Help of Janet Mills Staff Member. On Oct 20th, the U.S. CDC advisers approved adding COVID-19 shots to vaccine schedules used by states to create mandates on our children. I have always believed that…

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Governor Mills Announces $5 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Program to Strengthen Maine Startup Companies

Bangor and Brewer, MAINE — Governor Janet Mills announced the opening of a $5 million grant program through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan on Oct 19th, to strengthen Maine entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. This program…

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Governor Mills Announces $7 Million in Energy Relief Delivered to Thousands of Maine Small Businesses

More than 2,900 Maine small businesses to receive a one-time utility account credit funded through the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to offset energy costs Governor Janet Mills announced on Oct 18th, that 2,919 Maine small…

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During Visit to Waterville, Governor Mills Celebrates City's Downtown Revitalization Efforts

Waterville, Maine – Governor Janet Mills today visited small businesses in Waterville and was briefed by municipal leaders on an $11.2 million partnership with Colby College and MaineDOT to upgrade the city’s downtown infrastructure.…

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Maine DHHS Announces Maine People Can Now Preview 2023 Health Insurance Plans on CoverME.gov

Recent federal changes make coverage more affordable for Maine individuals and families as Open Enrollment approaches on Nov. 1, 2022 AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Health Insurance…

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In Sanford, Governor Mills Highlights Infrastructure Investments in Maine’s Rural Communities

Sanford, MAINE?– During a visit to Sanford on Oct 17th, Governor Janet Mills highlighted a new $34 million partnership between the City of Sanford and the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) that will revitalize the city’s…

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Governor Mills announces $25 million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan program to offer paid work experiences to Maine students

Career Exploration program to connect 6,000 young people with paid opportunities at Maine employers to strengthen Maine’s workforce Bath, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today announced the Maine Career Exploration program, a $25 million,…

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During Visit to Bucksport, Governor Mills Tours Seafood Businesses Benefitting from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

Bucksport, MAINE — During a visit to Bucksport on Oct 14th, Governor Janet Mills visited two local seafood processing businesses who received grants awarded through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to upgrade their infrastructure.…

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Governor’s Energy Office Releases Updated Guide To Help Maine People Save Money And Stay Warm This Winter

With Federal forecasts expecting energy prices to remain high this winter, the Governor’s Energy Office has updated its winter heating resource guide to help Maine people and families take action to save money, improve their home’s…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Supports U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Rule Expanding Access of Abortion Care

AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey announced on Oct 12th, that he has joined a multistate coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing a comment letter supporting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) interim final rule…

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Governor Mills Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to Maine

During Tour of Gorham Middle School, Sec. Vilsack Applauds Free School Meal Program Gorham, MAINE — Governor Janet Mills welcomed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to Maine Tuesday, showcasing the state’s new universal free…

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Governor Mills Directs DMR to Push for Expedited Appeal of Court Decision Hurting Maine’s Vital Lobster Industry

Governor also donates $100,000 from Contingent Account to Lobstermen’s Association to support ongoing legal battles On Oct 11th, Governor Janet Mills directed the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to file a motion to expedite the…

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Governor Mills Recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day: “On Oct 10th, our state honors the earliest stewards of the land we are fortunate to call home. For thousands of years, the Indigenous peoples of…

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Two Major Reports Show Strong Financial Outlook for Maine Under Governor Mills

First time in at least two decades that Maine is forecasted to meet its financial obligations, as approved by Maine voters and state lawmakers. Two significant reports this week show that Maine is prepared to withstand significant economic…

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Mills Administration Creates PFAS Fund Advisory Committee and Hires Elizabeth Fuller Valentine as PFAS Fund Director

Augusta, ME - The Mills Administration has named Elizabeth (Beth) Fuller Valentine as the new PFAS Fund Director and announced the list of appointed members to serve on the newly established PFAS Fund Advisory Committee. The $60 million PFAS Fund,…

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Governor Mills Backs Maine Congressional Delegation Move to Block Funding to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch

Governor Janet Mills on Oct 5th, announced that she fully supports a move by Maine’s Congressional Delegation to introduce legislation to block federal taxpayer funds from going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood…

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Governor Mills Directs Energy Office To Intervene Against Electricity Rate Increase Sought by Versant Power

The Mills Administration also intervened in Maine PUC proceeding to oppose a similar rate increase filed by Central Maine Power At the direction of Governor Janet Mills, the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) on Oct 4th, intervened in opposition…

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Governor Mills Praises Inclusion of Additional LIHEAP Funds in Federal Appropriations Bill

Funding Follows Push By Governor Mills Governor Janet Mills on Sep 30th, praised Congressional passage of a federal appropriations package containing $1 billion in emergency supplemental funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program…

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Governor Mills Announces Opening of 'Thrive Maine' Program to Support Small Businesses

Finance Authority of Maine Accepting Applications October 4 Through December 3, 2022 Governor Janet Mills announced that the Finance Authority of Maine will begin accepting applications for $58 million in forgivable small business loans through…

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Governor Mills Announces 12 New Land for Maine’s Future Projects

Projects Include Historic Conservation of Deer Wintering Habitat at Reed Deadwater Governor Janet Mills today announced 12 Land for Maine’s Future conservation projects across the State of Maine which will protect working lands and wildlife…

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Maine CDC Shares Advice On How To Avoid Tick Bites This Fall

Deer ticks pose risk for Lyme and other diseases through November AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) urges Maine people and visitors to take precautions against tick bites this fall. Maine…

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Governor Mills Announces $5.1 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Support Family Caregivers

New “Respite for ME” pilot program provides $2,000 grants to Maine people caring for a loved one with dementia or a disability Governor Janet Mills announced on Sep 28th, “Respite for ME”, a $5.1 million initiative of her…

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Maine Residents May Now Order Free COVID-19 Tests Every Month Through Project ACT

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Sep 26th, that Maine people may now order free COVID-19 tests once a month through Project Access COVID Tests (Project ACT). Households in Maine may place one order…

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DHHS Issuing $11 Million to Support Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is issuing $11 million this month to providers of home and community-based services (HCBS) in the latest round of support to help Maine people living with disabilities remain in…

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Governor Mills Statement Regarding Pixelle's Jay Mill Decision

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to Pixelle’s announcement on Sep 20th, that it will close the paper mill in Jay: “The CEO of Pixelle, Tim Hess, called me earlier on Sep 20th, to share the sad news of…

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Governor Mills Announces New Initiative to Bring Mobile Computer Science Labs to All Maine Schools

High-quality education available to students statewide in robotics, programming, coding, and other key technologies Governor Janet Mills on announced the launch of a new Maine Department of Education (DOE) initiative that will provide every…

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Maine Has Largest Decline in Uninsured Rate Under Governor Mills According to New Federal Data

Maine’s uninsured rate experienced the largest decline in the nation in recent years, Governor Janet Mills announced on Sep 19, 2022. The Governor highlighted a new report (PDF) from the U.S. Census Bureau showing that Maine’s…

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Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Grants to Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry

Second Round of Grants Build on $6 Million Already Awarded Newry, MAINE – During the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Maine Forest Products Council on Sep 19th, Governor Janet Mills announced $14 million in grant funding is now available for…

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Governor Mills Directs State to Appeal Federal Court Decision in Lawsuit Challenging Federal Regulations Hurting Maine’s Vital Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills announced on Sep 19th, that her Administration stands by the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s appeal of the recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Maine Lobstermen’s…

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Governor Mills Invites Maine Businesses to Apply for 2022 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence

Applications are being accepted by the Dept. of Economic & Community Development now through Friday, October 21 Governor Janet Mills on Sep 14th, announced that the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is now accepting…

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Governor Mills Urges Secretary Raimondo to Provide Tools and Time Necessary to Protect Right Whales Without Devastating Maine’s Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills on Sep 13th, sent a letter (PDF) to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo urging her to provide the time and tools necessary for Maine’s lobster industry to make meaningful contributions during the next phase of rulemaking…

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Mills Administration Announces Maine Building Exhibitors and Maine Day Plans at the 2022 Big E

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Two dozen businesses and organizations set to represent and promote all Maine has to offer. Augusta, ME - Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Commissioner…

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Governor Mills Directs Flags Lowered in Honor of Victims and Survivors of 9/11

In accordance with a ">https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/09/09/a-proclamation-on-patriot-day-and-national-day-of-service-and-remembrance-2022/"> directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills directed that…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Queen Elizabeth

Augusta, MAINE - In accordance with a directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on the day of Queen Elizabeth's interment and issued…

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Governor Mills Blasts Federal Court Decision in Lawsuit Challenging Federal Regulations Hurting Maine’s Vital Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on Sep 8th, night blasting a decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia siding with the National Marine Fisheries Services in Maine Lobstermen’s Association v National…

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Maine Congressional Delegation and Governor Mills Call on Seafood Watch to Immediately Reverse Lobster Red List Designation or Provide Evidence to Back Claims

The Maine leaders lay out clear facts that rebut Seafood Watch’s irresponsible decision which relies on “guilty until proven innocent” reasoning Portland, MAINE – Senator Angus King, Governor Janet Mills, Senator Susan…

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Governor Mills Highlights $20 Million in Health Insurance Savings for Maine Small Businesses and Employees

Portland, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Sep 8th, highlighted savings that Maine small businesses and their employees are receiving through her Small Business Health Insurance Premium Relief Program.The program, an initiative of the…

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Coastal Community Grants Available for Municipal and Regional Projects

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Augusta, ME - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Municipal Planning Assistance Program (MPAP) is seeking applications for a new round of Coastal Community Grants…

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Governor Mills Offers Condolences of Maine People Following Passing of Queen Elizabeth

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement following the passing of Queen Elizabeth: “Queen Elizabeth served with dignity and grace across her historic seventy year reign. On behalf of the people of Maine, I offer our deepest…

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Maine Attorney General, 33 States Reach $438.5 Million Agreement with JUUL Labs

AUGUSTA - Attorney General Aaron Frey announced on Sep 6th, a $438.5 million agreement in principle between JUUL Labs and 33 states and territories resolving a two-year bipartisan investigation into the e-cigarette manufacturer’s marketing and…

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Governor Mills Slams Seafood Watch’s Attack on Maine Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills on Sep 6th, slammed Seafood Watch’s designation of lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine as on the “red list” of seafood to be avoided. Governor Mills issued the following statement in response: “Seafood…

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Office of the Attorney General Successfully Defends Internet Privacy Law

Telecommunication Providers Drop Lawsuit After Key Procedural Losses AUGUSTA – On Friday, the nation’s largest telecommunication providers dropped a federal lawsuit challenging a Maine law limiting internet service…

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Governor Mills Statement Honoring Labor Day

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in honor of Labor Day: “This Labor Day, as we reflect on the contributions of working men and women across Maine and the leaders, lawmakers, and labor advocates who have advanced the…

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Governor Mills Slams Seafood Watch's Attack on Maine Lobster Industry

Governor Janet Mills today slammed Seafood Watch’s designation of lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine as on the “red list” of seafood to be avoided. Governor Mills issued the following statement in response: “Seafood Watch…

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Mills Administration Announces 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grants Program Funding

Augusta, ME - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced nearly $560,000 in the Fiscal Year 2022 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Maine. This USDA grant will help the Maine…

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Under Law Signed by Governor Mills, Average Health Care Premiums for Maine Small Businesses to Drop for First Time Since at Least 2001

Maine successfully reverses trend of increasing health insurance premiums for many small businesses and reduces proposed increase in premiums in individual market as health insurers’ rates are finalized for 2023 plan year Governor Janet…

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Governor Mills Celebrates Grand Opening of Newly Converted LP Houlton Mill in New Limerick

$150 million investment already resulting in the manufacture of new siding that will increase company’s consumption of local, sustainably sourced fiber New Limerick, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 31st, attended a celebration…

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Governor Mills Announces Nearly $2 Million to Expand Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Rural Maine

Federal funding is part of a slate of actions from the Mills Administration this summer and fall to support Maine people with SUD through strengthened Opioid Health Homes, support for parents, and naloxone distribution Governor Janet Mills…

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Governor Mills, Efficiency Maine Announce Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Cut Energy Costs in Public Buildings, Save Taxpayer Dollars

Funding now available from Governor’s Jobs Plan for smaller communities to reduce energy costs and create savings for taxpayers Norridgewock, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine on Aug 30th, announced the availability…

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Governor Mills Announces New Round of Community Resilience Partnership Grants Available to Help Maine Communities Fight Climate Change

Cities, towns, and tribal governments in Maine may apply for funding for local climate efforts in support of State’s climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait Governor Janet Mills on Aug 29th, announced the availability of the next…

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Governor Mills Surveys Accessibility Upgrades at Popham Beach State Park

Upgrades funded by Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Gov. Mills with Rep. Hepler, Sen. Vitelli, Phippsburg resident Deb Stockwell, and DACF staff, including Commissioner Amanda Beal and Bureau of Parks and Lands Director Andy…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Pittsfield February 25, 2022

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Lewiston January 3, 2021

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Topsham February 28, 2022

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In Old Town, Governor Mills Unveils State’s New Helicopter to Fight Forest Fires, Assist with Search and Rescue Missions

Newly-acquired helicopter replaces one that was more than 50 years old Old Town, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 23rd, unveiled the State's newly acquired Bell 407 helicopter that will be used by the Maine Forest Service (MFS) to…

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Governor Mills Announces Nearly $20 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Grants to Support Maine Farmers and Food Processors

The Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program delivers vital grant funding to enhance agriculture and food processing infrastructure in Maine Lisbon Falls, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 19th, announced nearly $20 million in…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Challenge to Key Law Protecting Rights of Native American Children, Families, and Tribes

Joins bipartisan coalition of 24 attorneys general in effort to prevent unwarranted displacement of Native American children from their tribal communities AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined a bipartisan coalition of 24…

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In Old Town, Governor Mills Unveils State’s New Helicopter to Fight Forest Fires, Assist with Search & Rescue Missions

Old Town, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the State's newly acquired Bell 407 helicopter that will be used by the Maine Forest Service (MFS) to fight forest fires and assist in search and rescue missions. The helicopter was…

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Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investments Map

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry AUGUSTA - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) recently released the new Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Lewiston November 18, 2020

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Attorney General Aaron Frey and U.S. DOE Announce Loan Discharge for ITT Technical Institute Borrowers

$2.7 Million in Federal Student Debt Owed by Maine Borrowers to be Discharged AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has announced that as part of an action by the U.S. Department of Education, Maine students of ITT Technical Institute…

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Governor Mills Statement on Agreement Reached by MaineHealth and Anthem

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on Aug 17th night on the agreement reached by MaineHealth and Anthem: “I look forward to reviewing the details of this agreement, but I welcome that it will preserve access to health care…

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Grant to Rehabilitate Maine's Colburn House State Historic Site Included in National Park Service Semiquincentennial Grant Program

AUGUSTA, Maine - The National Park Service (NPS) notified the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) that it has earned a $500,000 grant to rehabilitate the Colburn House State Historic Site. Andy Cutko, DACF Bureau of Parks and…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins Multistate Opposition to Alabama Law Criminalizing Gender-Affirming Medical Care for Transgender Youth

AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general, led by California, in filing an amicus brief in opposition to an Alabama law, Senate Bill 184 (SB 184), criminalizing evidence-based and medically accepted…

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DHHS Announces Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Child Care Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Construction and Expansion of Child Care Centers

The next phase of grantmaking will expand access to child care and employment opportunities by assisting providers with brick-and-mortar costs for building and expanding child care centers AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Health and…

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Governor Mills Visits Lewiston Businesses Benefitting from Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan PRIME Grants

Lewiston, ME – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 16th, visited Bourgeois Guitars and Quoddy in Lewiston to learn about how new economic recovery grants awarded through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan are helping two iconic Maine businesses…

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In Madawaska, Governor Mills Tours Maine DOT International Bridge Project

New Bridge to Provide Critical Connection Between Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick Madawaska, MAINE – During a visit to Madawaska, Governor Janet Mills on Aug 15th, toured the Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge…

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In Fort Kent, Governor Mills and Maine State Library Announce Two Initiatives to Preserve Acadian History in Maine

Fort Kent, Maine — In celebration of the many contributions of the Acadian people to the State of Maine, Governor Janet Mills and the Maine State Library announced on Aug 15th, two new initiatives to digitize historical records pertaining to…

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In Presque Isle, Governor Mills and Aroostook County Municipal Officials Discuss Maine DOT Initiative to Revitalize Downtowns

Madawaska, Fort Kent, Van Buren, and Presque Isle are set to begin planning phase of MaineDOT’s Village Partnership Initiative this fall Presque Isle, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 15th, convened a meeting with municipal…

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As CMP Files for Rate Increase, Governor Mills’ Energy Office Intervenes in Opposition

The Governor follows through on a promise to have her Energy Office fight an increase Following a directive from Governor Janet Mills, the Governor’s Energy Office on Aug 11th, intervened in opposition to Central Maine’s…

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Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan News - August 8, 2022

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is Governor Mills’ plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying…

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Governor Mills Announces Municipal Revenue Sharing is Fully Restored to Five Percent

Governor Mills & the Legislature increased revenue sharing every year since 2019, helping offset the need to increase property taxes to deliver municipal services Augusta, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills announced on Aug 8th, that her…

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Mills Administration Issues $25 Million in COVID-19 Payments to Support 211 Long-Term Care Organizations

Governor Mills proposed and the Legislature approved the payments as part of bipartisan budget to help facilities recover from the pandemic Governor Janet Mills announced on Aug 4th, that her Administration has issued $25 million in one-time…

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Biden-Harris Administration to Begin Accepting Applications on September 6 for USDA ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding

More than $1 Billion from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to be Invested to Increase Access to High-Speed Internet for People Living in Small Towns Across the Nation Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Agriculture…

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Governor Mills Announces Opposition to Versant’s Plan to Request Electricity Rate Increase

Governor calls on Versant to not file the rate request; says if they do, she will direct Energy Office to intervene in opposition and that PUC should reject it Augusta, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Aug 4th, announced her opposition to…

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New Federal Report Shows Maine Has Third Largest Decline in Uninsured Rate Among Maine People Eligible for Medicaid Expansion

Augusta, ME -- Governor Janet Mills released the following statement on Aug 3rd, in response to a new Federal report showing Maine’s uninsured rate dropped nearly 5 percentage points among those eligible for Medicaid expansion from 2018 to…

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Maine Residents Now Eligible to Order Additional Free COVID-19 Tests Through Project ACT

AUGUSTA — The Mills Administration announced on Aug 3rd, that Maine people may now reorder free COVID-19 test kits through Project Access COVID Tests (ACT), a partnership between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and The…

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Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Director Nancy McBrady Announces Critical Staff Hires

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Augusta - On August 2nd, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Director Nancy McBrady announced Ronda Steciuk as the…

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Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Celebrates 'Art Outside and On the Trail' in Collaboration with Portland Museum of Art and L.L.Bean

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry AUGUSTA - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) has joined the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) and L.L.Bean in exhibiting over two dozen…

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Governor Mills Announces $23 Million in Grants from Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to Support Maine Technology Companies

The Maine Technology Institute’s “Prime” program made 174 awards to companies to aid recovery from the pandemic, invest in new products and business lines, attract new customers, and sustain long-term growth. Governor Janet…

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Governor Mills Presses for Increased Funding & Expanded Eligibility for Federal Heating Assistance Amid High Prices to Help Maine People Stay Warm This Winter

In letter to federal officials, Governor stresses Low Income Heating Assistance Program must expand to meet needs of more Maine people amid record prices for home heating fuel. With high prices for home heating fuel expected to persist into…

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Mills Administration Awards $22 Million from Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to 20 Wastewater Facilities to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure

New grants will support projects that protect public health, create jobs and reduce costs on taxpayers During a visit to the town of Rumford on July 25th, Governor Janet Mills announced that she is awarding $22 million through her Maine Jobs…

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First Case of Monkeypox Identified in Maine

Risk to the general public remains low as Maine joins 44 other states in reporting cases AUGUSTA— The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified a case of monkeypox in Maine, the first case reported in the…

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Governor Mills Declares August 6-7 as Maine’s Second Annual Wild Blueberry Weekend

With Maine’s wild blueberry harvest season now underway, Governor Janet Mills declared August 6-7, 2022, as Maine’s Second annual Wild Blueberry Weekend. The Governor made the announcement during a celebration at the Blaine House on…

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Governor Mills Announces 'Thrive Maine' Program to Support Small Businesses

New program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine will provide $58 million in forgivable loans to Maine small businesses Governor Janet Mills is dedicating $58 million through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to provide forgivable…

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Governor Mills Announces $1.6M Grant Program to Expand Medical Provider Training in Rural Maine

Governor Janet Mills announced on July 20th, that she is providing up to $1.6 million through her Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to expand opportunities for training health care professionals and medical providers in rural communities, further…

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Governor Mills Congratulates Aides-de-Camp Gretchen Evans on Receiving Pat Tillman Award for Service at 2022 ESPYs

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement congratulating author, athlete, and retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans of Brunswick, who also serves as one of the Governor’s Aides-de-camp, on being presented with the Pat…

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Maine DHHS Launches 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

New nationally designed three-digit dialing code is an easy-to-remember connection to help for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis AUGUSTA -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on July 18th, the launch of…

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Governor Mills Praises U.S. Treasury Approval of Maine’s $62 Million Plan to Support Maine Small Businesses

“Grow Maine” initiative through the Finance Authority of Maine will offer Maine entrepreneurs greater financing options to sustain or expand their business Governor Janet Mills on July 18th, praised the U.S. Treasury…

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Mills Administration Awards Nearly $20 Million From Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to 13 Maine Communities to Protect Infrastructure from the Effects of Climate Change

Cities and towns across Maine will use grants to improve local resilience against climate effects such as flooding, rising sea levels, and extreme storms. Governor Janet Mills announced on July 19th, that 13 communities in Maine will receive…

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Maine CDC Offers Tips to Avoid Getting Rabies from Bats

AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) urges Mainers to take steps to limit exposure to rabies from bats. Bats are most active in Maine from late July into early September, however bat exposures can occur…

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Federal Government Approves Maine’s Plan to Improve Health Insurance for Small Businesses

Maine’s State Innovation Waiver – part of Governor Mills’ 2020 health reform law – implements first-in-the-nation innovations to stabilize the market and hold down costs Governor Janet Mills announced on July 15th, that…

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Governor Mills Announces Statewide Expansion of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Maine

Beginning in 2023, the State of Maine and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will gift a book to children birth to five years old every month, free of charge to families through funding shared by Dolly, the state of Maine and local community…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force on Maine Turnpike Jan 10, 2022

Click Here to view the Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force on Maine Turnpike Jan 10, 2022

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Governor Mills Applauds Significant New Federal Investment to Expand Broadband in Maine

$110 million awarded from American Rescue Plan will complement funding from Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to support work to achieve Governor’s 2024 Connectivity Goal Portland, ME – Governor Janet Mills on July…

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Governor Mills and Maine Congressional Delegation Respond to First Circuit Court’s Decision Reinstating Ban on Lobster Fishing Gear in Part of Gulf of Maine

Portland, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills and U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden issued the following statement on July 13th, in response to the First Circuit Court of…

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Governor Mills Announces Appointments to Military Sexual Trauma Advisory Council

Governor Janet Mills on July 8th, announced appointments to the permanent Advisory Council on Military Sexual Trauma. The Council, established by an Executive Order signed by the Governor, will work to ensure that survivors of harassment or assault…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor and Remembrance of Highland Park, Illinois Victims

In accordance with a directive"> https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2022/07/05/proclamation-on-honoring-the-victims-of-the-tragedy-in-highland-park-illinois/"> directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills has…

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Governor Mills Signs Executive Order to Safeguard Reproductive Health Care, Protect Maine Health Care Providers and Patients in Wake of Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe vs. Wade

Governor Janet Mills this afternoon signed an Executive Order to further safeguard access to abortion in Maine and to protect Maine health care providers who provide reproductive health care and their patients in the wake of the U.S. Supreme…

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Emerald Ash Borer Detections in Oakland and Waterville Provide Timely Reminder: Leave Your Firewood at Home

Department reminds everyone to use local or heat treated firewood and announces Emergency Order expansion to slow the spread of emerald ash borer. AUGUSTA - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Maine Forest Service…

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Governor Mills, Treasurer Beck Announce Moody’s and S/P Affirm Maine’s Strong Credit Rating

Governor Janet Mills and State Treasurer Henry Beck announced on July 1st, that Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings, global companies that analyze and issue reports of credit worthiness, have affirmed their strong credit…

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Governor Mills Blasts Supreme Court’s Decision to Undermine Nation’s Fight Against Climate Change

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA: “This flawed and shortsighted decision is an offense to Maine people. It undermines one of our…

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Governor Mills Announces More Than $15 Million in Grants Through Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan to Support Seafood Dealers and Processors

Grants build on cost-relief actions taken by Governor last week to help Maine’s iconic seafood industry Trenton, MAINE – Governor Mills announced on June 29th, that her Administration is awarding more than $15 million to 107 Maine…

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Mills Administration Launches Comprehensive MaineCare Dental Coverage for Adults and Boosts Rates for Dental Providers

Coverage for preventive and other dental care expands on July 1 as part of $45M investment in oral health AUGUSTA- The Mills Administration announced on June 29th, that it is expanding MaineCare dental coverage for adults and increasing…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey, National Coalition of Attorneys General Issue Joint Statement Reaffirming Commitment to Protecting Access to Abortion Care

Despite U.S. Supreme Court decision, national coalition of 22 attorneys general emphasize that abortion remains safe and legal in states across the country AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey and a national coalition of 22 attorneys…

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In Belfast, Governor Mills Tours New Senior Housing Development Built Using Housing Bond She Signed in 2019

Bond signed by Governor helps to nearly triples construction of new affordable housing units for Maine people Belfast, MAINE -- Governor Janet Mills on June 27th, toured Penobscot Landing in Belfast, a new 25-unit senior housing development…

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Mills Administration Delivers More Than $100 Million for Child Care During Pandemic; Announces Grants to Incentivize Recreational Programs to Become Licensed Child Care Facilities

The Mills Administration announced on June 28th, that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided more than $100 million in Federal funding for child care during the pandemic, a milestone that represents more than three…

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Governor Mills Announces Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative to Provide Maine Students Hands On, Outdoor Coastal Learning Experiences this Summer

Delivering on a promise from her State of the State Address, Governor Mills will provide more than 1,000 middle and high school students with the opportunity for outdoor learning experiences this summer Augusta, MAINE – Delivering on a…

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Mills Administration Begins Issuing $15.4 Million in Latest Round of State Funding to Bolster Behavioral Health Services

Governor Mills delivers on March proposal to tackle immediate behavioral health needs in Maine communities AUGUSTA— The Mills Administration announced on June 24th, that it has begun issuing one-time payments to eligible Maine behavioral…

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Governor Mills on Supreme Court Decision: 'My Veto Pen Will Stand in the Way of Any Effort to Undermine, Rollback, or Outright Eliminate the Right to Safe and Legal Abortion in Maine'

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade: “This decision is a fundamental assault on women’s rights and on reproductive freedom that will do nothing to…

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Governor Mills Announces Cost Relief for Maine’s Commercial Fishermen and Aquaculturists

Mills Administration will use Federal funds to reimburse commercial fishermen, dealers, processors, and aquaculturists for the cost of their 2022 licenses Augusta, MAINE – Amid high costs, Governor Janet Mills announced on June 23rd, that…

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Statement of Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey on Supreme Court Decision in Carson Vs. Makin

AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey expressed his disappointment on June 21st, with a United States Supreme Court decision, issued this morning, striking down a Maine law prohibiting religious schools from receiving public funds.…

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Governor Mills Statement In Honor of Juneteenth

Augusta, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on June 19th, in honor of Juneteenth: “The end of slavery was made possible by the courage and sacrifice of nearly 200,000 former enslaved and free African Americans…

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Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Announce $15 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Cut Energy Costs in Schools and Public Buildings

Investment from Governor’s Jobs Plan will allow more Maine schools, towns, cities, and Tribal governments to reduce energy costs and create savings for taxpayers Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine on June 17th, announced the launch…

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Governor Mills Announces Extension of MaineCare Health Coverage for New Mothers

Maine among first states to provide postpartum coverage for a full year to improve maternal & child health Augusta, ME – Governor Janet Mills announced on June 16th, that her Administration will extend postpartum Medicaid health care…

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At Maine Western Gateways Project in Kingfield, Governor Mills Highlights Importance of Infrastructure Investments in Strengthening Rural Maine’s Economy

Kingfield, MAINE – During a tour of the Maine Department of Transportation’s (MaineDOT) Maine Western Gateways Project in Kingfield on June 14th, Governor Janet Mills highlighted the importance of infrastructure investments in…

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Maine CDC Identifies Child with Hepatitis of Unknown Cause

U.S. CDC is investigating severe liver disease among children in most states, now including Maine AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) has identified a Maine child who was treated for hepatitis with…

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Governor Mills Signs Executive Order Establishing Cabinet on Aging

Executive Order Directs State Agencies to Work Together to Ensure older Maine People Age in Healthy, Safe Communities With Dignity and Support Portland, ME – Fulfilling a promise from her State of the State Address, Governor Janet Mills…

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Governor Mills Mourns Passing of Representative Jeffery Allen Gifford

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on the passing of Representative Jeffery Allen Gifford (R-Lincoln): “Representative Gifford was a dedicated public servant,” said Governor Janet Mills. “A hard working man…

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Governor Mills Mourns Passing of Sherry Huber

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on the passing of former State Representative Sherry F. Huber: “I am deeply saddened to learn of Sherry’s passing,” said Governor Janet Mills. “She was a friend, a…

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State Recovers $14,900 From Business Violating Online Retail Tobacco Sale Prohibition

AUGUSTA – The Office of the Attorney General has successfully prosecuted an online e-cigarette retailer for tobacco sales in contravention of Maine law requiring all tobacco products be sold in face-to-face transactions. Retailers are…

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Governor Mills Launches $50 Million Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Rebuild Maine State Parks

Plan to upgrade parks across Maine represents first meaningful investment in park infrastructure in 15 years; comes at a time of record visitation and aims to improve experience for Maine people and visitors CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK –…

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Governor Mills Announces $4 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiatives to Offer Student Loan Repayment Assistance & Bolster Scholarships for Health Care Careers

Programs from Finance Authority of Maine offer scholarships and student loan relief to help Maine attract and retain nurse educators and health care professionals in medicine, dentistry, and behavioral health Coopers Mills, ME – Governor…

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Governor Mills Announces 20 New Land for Maine’s Future Conservation Projects

Governor Janet Mills on June 6th, announced 20 new Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) conservation projects across Maine that conserve lands and preserve public access to lakes, rivers, scenic views, and mountain vistas for Maine people. With…

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The Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan News - June 6, 2022

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is Governor Mills’ plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying…

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Reminds Citizens to Prepare as Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins

Augusta, ME - On June 6th, marks the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season that extends through November 30. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather…

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Governor Mills Announces $12.3 Million To More Than Double Apprenticeships for Maine People and Strengthen Maine’s Workforce

Awards to 14 Maine organizations will support the significant expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities in more than 50 new occupations Lewiston, ME – Governor Janet Mills announced on June 3rd, that 14…

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Office of the Attorney General Secures Conviction on Hallowell Tax Evasion Case

AUGUSTA – On May 19, Augusta resident Krystal Lavallee, 43, was convicted in the Kennebec County Unified Criminal Docket of three counts of evasion of sales tax and one count of theft by misapplication of sales tax. Ms. Lavallee owned and…

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Governor Mills Declares June Maine Dairy Month

Governor calls on Maine people to support dairy farmers and creameries by purchasing Maine dairy products #ChooseMaineDairy During a celebration at the Blaine House with farmers and producers with the Maine Dairy Industry Association, the Maine…

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At Pride Ceremony in Ogunquit, Governor Mills Declares June as Pride Month in Maine

Ogunquit, ME — During a pride flag raising ceremony hosted by the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce, Governor Janet Mills on June 1st, signed a proclamation declaring the month of June as Pride Month in the State of Maine. Since taking office,…

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Governor Mills Promotes Free Community College at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor

In visit to Penobscot County, the Governor also visits AIT Bridges, Compotech, Inc, and Somic America, leading Maine manufacturers Bangor, ME -- Governor Janet Mills on May 31st, visited Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor to promote her…

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Governor Mills Announces $850 Checks to Begin Arriving in Maine People’s Mailboxes Next Week

An estimated 858,000 Maine people are expected to benefit from one of the strongest relief programs in the nation Governor Janet Mills announced on June 1st, that her Administration will send the first round of $850 relief checks to Maine…

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Governor Mills Celebrates Grand Opening of The Good Crust in Canaan, Promotes Maine Jobs Plan Investments to Strengthen Agricultural Businesses in Rural Maine

In visit to Somerset County, the Governor also visits Go Lab, Inc for an update on innovative work to establish the first wood fiber insulation production facility in North America Somerset County – Governor Janet Mills on May 27th,…

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Hotel and Motel Evictions

Following recent changes by the Maine State Housing Authority to its Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which will cap hotel reimbursement rates for eligible Mainers lacking permanent housing beginning June 1, there have been multiple reports of…

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Governor Mills Personally Congratulates Heart of Biddeford on National Award, Visits with Business Owners in York County

YORK COUNTY – Governor Janet Mills on May 26th, visited Heart of Biddeford to personally congratulate the organization on receiving the prestigious 2022 Great American Main Street Award from Main Street America and to thank them for their…

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Governor Mills and Public Advocate Announce Opposition to CMP’s Plan to Request an Increase in Electricity Rates

Governor Mills calls on Central Maine Power to not file the rate request; says if they do she will direct Energy Office to intervene in opposition and that PUC should reject it Governor Janet Mills and Public Advocate Bill Harwood on May 26th,…

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Governor Mills Tours Maine General Health’s Alzheimer’s Care Center, Promotes Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grant Program to Make Respite Care More Affordable for Caregivers Across Maine

Governor also takes walking tour of downtown Hallowell, visiting businesses and meeting with business owners as she continues her travels across Maine KENNEBEC COUNTY – Governor Janet Mills on May 25th, toured MaineGeneral Health’s…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Uvalde, Texas Victims

In accordance with a directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered the United States and State of Maine flags lowered to half-staff immediately through Saturday, May 28th in honor and remembrance of the victims of the horrific tragedy…

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Stop Browntail Moth Hitchhikers

Augusta - The Maine Forest Service asks everyone to check cars, trucks, boats, bikes, ATVs, and other vehicles for wandering browntail moth (BTM) caterpillars. Now through late June, BTM caterpillars become expert hitchhikers. When they catch a…

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Governor Mills Promotes Importance of Expanding Child Care During Visit to Child Care Center in Windham

The Governor also took a walking tour of downtown Gorham and visited a 4-H Learning Center in Bridgton as part of her visit to Cumberland County on May 18, 2022 CUMBERLAND COUNTY – Governor Janet Mills on May 18th, underscored the…

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Maine CDC Congratulates 2022 Lyme Disease Awareness Month Poster Contest Winners

Winning entries highlight this year’s ‘Tick Wise’ theme AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) today announced the winners of the 2022 Lyme Disease Awareness Month poster contest. Maine…

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Governor Mills Congratulates Heart of Biddeford on National Recognition

Governor Janet Mills on May 17th, congratulated Heart of Biddeford, a nonprofit organization focused on economic development and quality of life in downtown Biddeford, for being awarded the 2022 Great American Main Street Award. The award from Main…

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Governor Mills Applauds Maine GearShare in Brunswick, Encourages Kids to Enjoy the Maine Outdoors

Governor Mills Donates IFW Pack to Maine GearShare Brunswick, MAINE — To promote outdoor recreation for Maine children, Governor Janet Mills visited GearShare in Brunswick on May 17th. GearShare is a new non-profit that acquires,…

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Governor Mills Highlights Responsible Aquaculture as Opportunity to Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy, and Promote Maine Seafood

Governor walks downtown Bath, stops by local businesses and encourages Maine people to shop local as part of visit to Sagadahoc County on May 16, 2022 SAGADAHOC COUNTY – During a roundtable with sea farmers from the New Meadows River…

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Governor Mills Applauds Economic Development Efforts, New Hospital Construction in Piscataquis County

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY – During meetings on May 11th, with business, health, and community leaders across Piscataquis County, Governor Janet Mills applauded their efforts to strengthen economic development and improve access to health care in…

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Mills Administration Launches $1.5 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Promote Health Care Careers

Upcoming marketing campaigns from Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor will focus on attracting and retaining health care workers Augusta, ME – The Mills Administration on May 12th, announced the launch of twin…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of One Million Americans Lost to COVID-19

Augusta, ME — In accordance with a "directive" directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered immediately to half-staff through Monday, May 16, 2022 in solemn remembrance of…

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Governor Mills Signs Legislation Strengthening ALS Research in Maine

Governor Janet Mills on May 9th, held a ceremonial bill signing for LD 2007, legislation that will strengthen research into ALS, a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease with no known cause, with the hope of eventually finding a way to cure or…

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Governor Mills and MaineHousing Announce $20 Million to Expand Affordable Rental Housing in Rural Maine

Funds from the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and MaineHousing will support the construction of rental housing in rural areas to address Maine’s housing shortage Governor Janet Mills and MaineHousing on May 10th,…

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Governor Mills Completes Review of Legislation for 130th Legislature

Governor Janet Mills announced on May 6th, that she has completed her review of bills enacted during the second session of the 130th Legislature. During the 130th Legislature, which occurred from 2021 to 2022, 969 bills have become law and 27…

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Governor Mills, Senator King & Representative Pingree Announce $50 Million Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Maine People Hardest Hit by Pandemic Pay Their Mortgage, Utilities, Other Home Expenses

Governor Janet Mills, U.S. Senator Angus King, and Representative Chellie Pingree announced on May 5th, a $50 million Homeowner Assistance Fund through the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection to provide direct relief to Maine homeowners at…

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Statement from Attorney General Frey on Threat to Landmark Abortion Ruling

“I am deeply disturbed by the draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe. Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of bodily autonomy are a requirement for any free and equitable society. To the extent that the draft reflects the final…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Secures Over $700k for Consumers Deceived by TurboTax

Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins All 50 States in Agreement with TurboTax Owner Intuit for Deceiving Low-Income Americans into Paying for Free Tax Services AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has secured over $700k from the owner of…

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Governor Mills Announces Connect Maine Approval of Broadband Infrastructure Grants

Governor Janet Mills announced on May 4th, that the ConnectMaine Board of Directors has voted to approve the second round of broadband infrastructure projects funded by the High Speed Internet Infrastructure Bond she spearheaded and that Maine…

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The Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan News - May 2, 2022

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is Governor Mills’ plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying…

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Governor Mills Signs Historic, Three-Part Tribal Legislation Into Law

Governor Janet Mills on May 2nd, was pleased to sign into law LD 585, An Act To Enhance Tribal-State Collaboration, To Revise the Tax Laws Regarding the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation and To…

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Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Announce $4 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Program to Reduce Energy Costs for Hospitality Businesses

Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine announced on May 2nd, the launch of a $4 million program from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine hospitality businesses make energy-efficiency improvements and reduce their energy costs. …

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Governor Mills Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Draft Decision to Overturn Roe V. Wade: 'I Do Not Consider The Rights Of Women To Be Dispensable’

Governor Janet Mills, Maine’s first woman governor, issued the following statement in the wake of a report from POLITICO tonight revealing that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade: “There are countless women…

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Governor Mills Announces Positive COVID-19 Test Result

Governor Janet Mills announced this afternoon that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The Governor tested positive via a BinaxNOW rapid test this afternoon after developing a mild scratchy throat. She has no other symptoms otherwise and…

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Governor Mills Signs MaineCare Rate System Reform Law

Augusta, ME - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on April 29th, that Governor Janet Mills has signed bipartisan legislation to enshrine into state law a new system for setting MaineCare payment rates that promotes…

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Governor Mills Vetoes Bills

Governor Janet Mills has vetoed the following bills: -- LD 1820 An Act To Strengthen the Governance of the University of Maine System -- LD 170 An Act Pertaining to Transmission Lines Not Needed for Reliability or Local Generation Copies of…

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Governor Mills Signs Bills to Address Maine’s Housing Shortage

At the renovated Hodgkins School Apartments in Augusta, Governor Janet Mills signed two bills to address Maine’s housing shortage Wednesday. The bills, LD 2003 “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase…

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Maine DHHS Announces Plan to Award $11 Million in Federal Funds to Home and Community-Based Providers

New round of support from the American Rescue Plan complements rapid implementation of increased rates in the budget for direct care staff who serve older adults and people with disabilities AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and…

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Maine DHHS Launches Online Resource for Families and Pilots New Tool for Mandated Reporters During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Augusta, ME -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on April 26th, the launch of an online resource for Maine families and the pilot of a new tool for mandated reporters to submit concerns about child safety during…

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Governor Mills Congratulates Maine State Chamber President and CEO Dana Connors on Retirement, Distinguished Career

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement after the Maine State Chamber of Commerce announced on April 25th, that Dana Connors will retire from his position as President and CEO at the end of the year: “For more than fifty…

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Governor Mills, Commissioner Liberty Officially Open New Downeast Correctional Facility in Washington County

Machiasport, ME - Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) Randall Liberty were joined by more than 100 people on Friday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new Downeast…

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On Earth Day, Governor Mills Announces $2.5 Million for 75 Maine Communities to Fight Climate Change

Grants from Community Resilience Partnership will support local climate action, clean energy and energy efficiency projects, and strengthen regional cooperation in support of the State’s climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait …

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Mills Administration Launches Website to Help Maine People Claim $850 Relief Checks

Those with questions about the $729.3 million relief program can visit Maine.gov/reliefchecks for answers On the heels of the Governor signing into law the supplemental budget sending relief to Maine people, the Mills Administration announced…

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Governor Mills Signs Passamaquoddy Drinking Water Legislation Into Law

Governor Janet Mills announced on April 21st, that she has signed the amended version of LD 906, An Act to Provide Passamaquoddy Tribal Members Access to Clean Drinking Water. “Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik, like all…

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Governor Mills Signs Supplemental Budget Delivering Significant Financial Relief for Maine People Amid High Costs

“On April 20th, I am here to say to Maine people: help is on the way. You are our greatest asset – and this budget delivers for you.” One day after winning the overwhelming support of the Legislature, Governor Janet Mills…

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Governor Mills Signs Legislation to Strengthen Maine National Guard Response to Sexual Assault and Harassment

Governor Janet Mills announced on April 19th, that she has signed into law LD 2029, legislation to strengthen the Maine National Guard’s response to sexual assault and harassment. The new law complements an Executive Order issued by…

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Governor Mills Asks Legislature to Recall Good Samaritan Expansion Bill and Send Her Compromise Version

“I do not want to veto this measure only to have the end result be that we disagreed and made no progress at all… Let us make concrete progress through consensus rather than allowing progress to fall victim to legitimate…

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Governor Mills Applauds Legislature’s Strong Bipartisan Approval of Supplemental Budget

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on April 19th, applauding the Legislature’s overwhelming bipartisan approval of her supplemental budget proposal: “Maine people are our greatest asset, and this strong, bipartisan,…

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NOAA Forecasts Graduated Enforcement Approach in Response to Call from Maine Delegation, Governor Mills to Delay Looming Lobster Gear Deadline Amid Supply Chain Disruption

Scarcity of required gear is making it extremely difficult for lobstermen to meet the May 1st deadline WASHINGTON, DC -- Following repeated calls from the Maine Delegation and Governor Janet Mills, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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Governor Mills Proclaims April 17-April 23 Wildfire Awareness Week in Maine

Augusta, ME - Governor Janet Mills has declared on Sunday, April 17, 2022 through Saturday, April 23, 2022 as Wildfire Awareness Week in the State of Maine and called on all Maine people to do their part to prevent wildfires. Maine averages over 550…

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Governor Mills Announces New Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Initiative to Strengthen Maine’s Healthcare Workforce

A new $21 million program, Healthcare Training for ME, expands availability of free and low-cost career training for health care workers and employers Governor Janet Mills on April 13th, announced the launch of Healthcare Training for ME, an…

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Mills Administration Announces Pooled Testing for COVID-19 in Maine Schools to Conclude in May

Strategy transitions to free and convenient at-home rapid testing to better detect more contagious BA.2 variant Augusta, ME— The Mills Administration announced on April 13th, that pooled testing for COVID-19 in Maine schools will…

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Governor Mills Congratulates Judge Rick Lawrence on Confirmation to Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Judge Lawrence will become the first black justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement after the Maine State Senate voted unanimously to confirm Judge Rick E. Lawrence to serve as Associate…

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Governor Mills Welcomes National Champions SMCC and CMCC Basketball Teams to Maine State House

Governor Janet Mills welcomed the Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) Men’s Basketball Team and the Central Maine Community College (CMCC) Women’s Basketball Team to the Maine State House to congratulate them on their national…

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Mills Administration Offers Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests to All Maine Schools

Up to 1.1 million tests available for schools to distribute to Maine students and staff members Augusta, ME — The Mills Administration announced on April 7th, that it is making 1.1 million at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests available to…

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Governor Mills Statement on MaineHealth and Anthem

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on MaineHealth and Anthem: “I am deeply concerned about the potential for a contract termination between MaineHealth and Anthem. Maine Medical Center is the largest tertiary care hospital…

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Governor Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Office of Child Welfare Ombudsman

Governor’s bipartisan bill enhances the independence of the Child Welfare Ombudsman while budget initiatives implement expert-recommendations to improve child safety Governor Janet Mills announced on April 5th, that she has signed…

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Governor Mills Welcomes Federal Proposal to Fix 'Family Glitch' and Expand Affordable Health Insurance

Governor Janet Mills on April 5, 2022 welcomed a proposal from the Biden Administration to fix the longstanding so-called “family glitch” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed fix would expand health insurance coverage to an…

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Governor Mills, Senate President Jackson Announce Maine Veterans’ Home Board of Trustees’ Votes to Keep Open Homes in Caribou and Machias

Governor Janet Mills and Senate President Troy Jackson announced on April 4th, that the Maine Veterans’ Home Board of Trustees voted on Friday to keep open the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Caribou and Machias. The vote came one day…

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Governor Mills, Maine Maple Producers Association President Scott Dunn to Kick Off Maine Maple Sunday Weekend with Blaine House Tree Tapping

39th Annual Maine Maple Sunday Weekend Events Announced Augusta, ME - To kick off the state's annual celebration of pure Maine maple syrup and the Maine people who produce it, Governor Janet Mills and Maine Maple Producers Association President…

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Mills Administration Announces Next Call for Proposals for Land for Maine's Future Program

The Mills Administration on March 7th, announced two calls for proposals through the Lands for Maine's Future Program (LMF). The requests are for working farmland and working forest proposals and build on earlier solicitations for conservation,…

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Maine Governor Janet Mills Administration Announces Update to School and Child Care Masking Recommendations

Maine CDC completes review of new US CDC guidance AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Education advised Maine school units and child care providers today that, effective March 9, 2022,…

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Maine's Historic Action Today Will Merge Its Individual and Small Group Health Insurance Markets in 2023 and Create More Stable Pricing in Both

Maine took historic action on Feb 15th, that will create more stable pricing in both its Individual and Small Group health insurance markets, starting in 2023. As outlined in Governor Mills' 2020 Made for Maine Health Coverage Act, which passed in…

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