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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 Expansion of New High-Speed Electric Vehicle Chargers in 17 Locations Across Maine

New EV charging infrastructure through state’s Recharge Maine initiative will make high-speed charging more accessible and available across the state Governor Janet Mills today announced that 17 new high-speed electric vehicle charging…

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Governor Mills Proclaims June as Maine Dairy Month

Governor Janet Mills today proclaimed June as “Maine Dairy Month” during a Blaine House ceremony celebrating the vital contributions of Maine’s dairy farmers and producers. The special event featured remarks from Governor…

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Federal Government Grants State of Maine's Request for Lease to Advance Floating Offshore Wind Research Array Site

Governor Janet Mills released the following statement today on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s offer of a research lease to the State for a floating offshore wind research array in the Gulf of Maine: "Offshore wind offers…

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Governor Janet Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Memorial Day

Consistent with a directive from the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered that the United States and the State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide from 12:01 a.m. to noon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024 in honor and…

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Governor Mills Announces Acting Commissioner for Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Sara Gagné-Holmes, a five-year deputy commissioner with a long record in health policy, will begin in the interim role on June 1 Governor Janet Mills announced today that she is appointing Deputy Commissioner Sara Gagné-Holmes to…

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Governor Mills Announces President Biden's Approval of Major Disaster Declaration for April Nor'easter

Governor Janet Mills tonight announced that President Joe Biden has approved the State of Maine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to help Cumberland and York Counties recover from the severe winter storm in April that resulted in…

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Governor Mills Announces Major Expansion of Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative

$6.6 million investment will provide 4,000 students with access to free afterschool and summer outdoor learning and career exploration programs Governor Janet Mills today announced a significant expansion of her Maine Outdoor Learning…

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Governor Mills Announces Launch of Maine Funding Network to Help Maine Businesses Explore and Secure Financing

New online portal is a one-stop shop for Maine business owners exploring public and non-profit financing options Governor Janet Mills today announced the launch of the Maine Funding Network, a new online portal designed to be a one-stop shop to…

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Governor Mills Signs Executive Order to Establish Commission on Infrastructure Rebuilding and Resilience

Following historic winter storms that battered Maine, commission will identify near-term priorities to protect vital infrastructure and develop state’s first long-term infrastructure resilience plan Stonington, ME - Governor Janet Mills…

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Governor Mills and Treasurer Beck Encourage Maine People to Claim Outstanding Relief Payments

Approximately 40,000 unclaimed relief payments are available through Maine’s Unclaimed Property program Governor Janet Mills and Maine State Treasurer Henry Beck are encouraging Maine people to see if they are missing out on pandemic-era…

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Governor Mills Announces Opening of Storm Relief Funding Applications for Small Businesses and Municipalities

Announcement follows opening of applications for $25 million in funding to repair and restore working waterfronts Governor Janet Mills announced today that applications are now available for Maine small businesses and municipalities to help…

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Governor Mills and Treasurer Beck Announce Moody's Has Upgraded Maine's Credit Issuer Rating to Aa1 - Subsequently Upgrades Ratings of Four Key Maine Bonds

Governor Janet Mills and State Treasurer Henry Beck announced today that Moody’s Investors Service, the global ratings company that analyzes and provides credit ratings for governments, has upgraded Maine’s credit rating from Aa2 to Aa1,…

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Governor Mills Announces 16 Percent Decline in Fatal Drug Overdoses in Maine in 2023, Among Nation's Largest

Preliminary U.S. CDC analysis finds fatal overdoses decreased nationally by 3 percent in 2023; Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, and Indiana only states with annual decreases of 15 percent or more Governor Janet Mills today announced that Maine…

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Governor Mills Directs Flags Lowered Tomorrow in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, 2024 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The annual…

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Governor Mills Thanks Lawmakers for Service Following Legislature's Adjournment Sine Die

Governor Janet Mills May 10, 2024 Night delivered remarks before the Maine House of Representatives to thank lawmakers for their service to the people of Maine after the 131st Legislature adjourned sine die. The Governor is prepared to receive…

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Governor Mills Announces Applications for Funding to Help Working Waterfront Properties Rebuild from Winter Storms

Governor Janet Mills announced today that applications for funding are now available to help repair and rebuild working waterfronts damaged by the winter storms that hammered Maine’s coastline. The $25 million in funding is available…

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Governor Mills Announces Clean Energy Jobs in Maine Surpass 15,000, Contribute $2.3 Billion to State's Economy

Independent analysis commissioned by the Governor’s Energy Office found Maine is more than halfway to Governor Mills' goal of 30,000 clean energy workers in Maine by 2030, new funding now available to support the clean energy workforce …

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Governor Mills Announces Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew to Step Down at End of May

Under Lambrew’s leadership, Maine expanded affordable health care to more than 100,000 people, led the nation in COVID-19 response, made historic investments in health and human services, and rebuilt the Department Governor Janet Mills…

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Governor Mills Signs Executive Order to Increase Women's Employment in Maine's Construction Industry

Governor Janet Mills today signed an Executive Order to improve the recruitment, training, and retention of women in Maine’s construction industry. Women currently make up 15 percent of Maine’s construction industry and only 11…

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Governor Mills Directs Flags Lowered on Sunday in Honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

In accordance with a directive from the President, Governor Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide tomorrow, Sunday, May 5, 2024 in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial…

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Governor Mills Participates in Reopening Ceremony for Just-In-Time Recreation

Lewiston, ME - Governor Janet Mills today joined Lewiston community leaders at a ceremony marking the re-opening of Just-In-Time Recreation. The Lewiston bowling alley was one of two locations targeted during the October 25, 2023 shooting that…

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Governor Mills Celebrates Expansion of Milestone Recovery

Expansion of Portland Medically-Monitored Withdrawal Program will add new treatment options for low-income Maine people with substance use disorders Governor Janet Mills today celebrated the upcoming opening of Milestone Recovery’s…

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Governor Mills Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden to Help Cumberland and York Counties Recover from April Nor'easter

Governor Janet Mills today formally requested that President Joe Biden issue a Major Disaster Declaration (PDF) to help Cumberland and York Counties recover from the severe April Nor’easter that resulted in significant infrastructure damage…

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Governor Mills' Statement on 72 Hour Waiting Period Bill

Governor Janet Mills announced today that she will allow LD 2238, An Act to Address Gun Violence in Maine by Requiring a Waiting Period for Certain Firearm Purchases, to become law without her signature. The Governor issued the following statement…

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Governor Mills Signs Legislation to Strengthen Public Safety and Maine's Mental Health System

Governor Janet Mills today signed legislation she introduced that would enhance public safety and strengthen Maine’s mental health system while respecting Maine’s longstanding outdoor traditions. The legislation, first announced by the…

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Governor Mills Announces $500,000 in Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Awards to Attract and Support Remote Workers

Grants from Governor’s Jobs Plan will support efforts to stabilize, expand, and create co-working spaces for remote workers Governor Janet Mills today announced that her Administration has awarded $500,000 in grants through her Maine Jobs…

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Governor Mills Issues Statement Honoring Victims and Survivors on Six-Month Anniversary of Lewiston Shooting

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement today on the six-month anniversary of the tragedy in Lewiston that claimed the lives of eighteen people and injured more than a dozen others: “Six months ago, the tightly woven fabric of…

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Governor Mills Promotes Maine During Keynote Address at International Offshore Wind Conference

Governor announces the State has begun its process to procure 3,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2040, a milestone in Maine’s efforts to develop responsible offshore wind, stabilize energy costs, and drive investment and job growth across the…

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Governor Mills Announces $2 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Grants to Support Workforce Transportation Solutions

Seven Maine businesses, nonprofits, and housing organizations receive grants for transportation initiatives to connect workers and employers in Aroostook, Franklin, York, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin counties Governor Janet Mills today announced…

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Governor Mills Statement in Honor of Earth Day

Governor Mills proclaims Monday, April 22 as Earth Day in Maine Governor Janet Mills April 22, 2024 issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day: “In an era shaped by environmental challenges that, can at times, seem…

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Governor Mills Announces $62 Million Award to Maine Through Inflation Reduction Act to Deliver Affordable, Accessible Solar Energy to Maine People

Governor’s Energy Office to create statewide program to increase availability of clean, affordable solar energy to low-income households, reduce energy costs, and create good-paying jobs Governor Janet Mills April 22, 2024 announced that…

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Governor Mills Signs Bill Expanding Tribal Rights to Prosecute Crimes

Governor Janet Mills April 22, 2024 signed LD 2007, An Act Regarding the Criminal Jurisdiction of Tribal Courts and to Extend the Time for the Penobscot Nation to Certify Its Agreement to Public Law 2023, Chapter 369. The legislation expands the…

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Governor Mills Signs Research and Development Bond Bill

Governor Janet Mills April 22, 2024 signed into law bipartisan legislation that will place a $25 million bond for Research, Development, and Commercialization on the Maine ballot this November. If approved by Maine voters, the measure (LD 416)…

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Governor Mills Signs Supplemental Budget

Governor Janet Mills announced April 22, 2024 that she has signed into law the supplemental budget proposal passed by the Legislature last week. The proposal funds important public safety and mental health initiatives, strengthens storm response…

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Governor Mills Signs Trails Bond Bill

Governor Janet Mills April 22, 2024 signed into law bipartisan legislation that will place a $30 million bond on the November ballot to repair and enhance trails across the state. If Maine voters approve the ballot question, the measure (LD 1156)…

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Governor Mills Statement on Passage of the Supplemental Budget and Vital Storm Relief

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement after the Legislature passed the supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2025, as approved by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee with the $60 million proposed by the Governor to…

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Governor Mills Directs Flags Lowered April 19 in Honor of Former Governor Joe Brennan

Funeral Services for Former Governor will be held April 19 in Portland Governor Janet Mills has ordered that the United States and State of Maine flags be lowered to half-staff statewide Friday April 19, in honor of former Maine Governor Joseph E.…

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Governor Mills Directs Administration to Prepare to Distribute $60 Million in Storm Relief as Soon as Funding Becomes Available

Governor Janet Mills April 18, 2024 directed her Administration to take the steps necessary to distribute the $60 million in storm relief as soon as the money becomes statutorily available. $50 million of the funding will be distributed in grants…

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Governor Mills Allows National Popular Vote Legislation to Become Law Without Her Signature

Governor Janet Mills announced April 15, 2024 that she will allow LD 1578, An Act to Adopt an Interstate Compact to Elect the President of the United States by National Popular Vote, to become law without her signature. Under the legislation, Maine…

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Governor Mills Appoints Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Dr. Alice Briones as Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Briones, a Hampden native, was the first woman to lead the U.S. military’s global medical examiner service Governor Janet Mills announced April 12, 2024 that she has appointed retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Alice Briones, DO, to serve as…

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Governor Mills, Speaker Talbot Ross Call for Appropriations Committee to Reconvene On April 11, 2024

Governor and Speaker push to move budget forward in waning days of legislative session Governor Janet Mills and Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross issued the following statements On April 11, 2024 calling for the Legislature’s…

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Mills Administration Welcomes National PFAS Drinking Water Standard

The Mills Administration released the following statements today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized national drinking water standard for PFAS. “PFAS contamination threatens the health of our…

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Governor Mills Mourns Passing of Former Maine Governor Joe Brennan

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in honor of former Maine Governor Joseph E. Brennan, who passed away last night at the age of 89: “Maine and the nation have lost a great public servant, and I have lost a friend. Through…

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Governor Mills Delays Opening of State Offices Tomorrow Until 11:00 A.M.

With Maine impacted by a severe Nor’easter that has created hazardous travel conditions and widespread power outages, Governor Mills has directed all State of Maine offices to open on a delayed schedule tomorrow, Friday, April 5, 2024, at…

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With Severe Nor'easter Expected, Governor Mills Directs State Offices Closed Tomorrow, April 4, 2024

In anticipation of a severe storm expected to bring heavy snow, sleet, and high winds, Governor Janet Mills has directed all State of Maine offices closed tomorrow, Thursday, April 4, 2024. The Governor is urging Maine people to take appropriate…

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Governor Mills Elected Co-Chair of U.S. Climate Alliance, Bipartisan Coalition of Governors Leading on Climate Action

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to fighting climate change, has elected Governor Janet Mills to serve as its Co-Chair. Governor Mills and Washington Governor Jay Inslee were…

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Governor Mills Statement on Revenue Forecasting Committee Projections

Following its meeting today, Maine’s nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee (RFC) is expected to upgrade the State’s General Fund revenue forecast for the current biennium, which ends on June 30, 2023, by $223 million. It is also…

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Governor Mills Unveils Legislation to Modernize And Strengthen Maine's Business Incentive Program

Overhaul of twenty-year old Pine Tree Development Zone program, crafted with the input of Maine business leaders, aims to tackle Maine’s workforce shortage & attract high-value industries Governor Janet Mills today announced legislation…

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

Governor Mills proposed and the Legislature approved the payments in the bipartisan supplemental budget to help facilities recover from the pandemic Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration has issued $25 million in COVID-19…

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Governor Mills Statement in Honor of Earth Day

Governor Janet Mills today issued the following statement in recognition of Earth Day: "Addressing the first Earth Day gathering in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on this day fifty-three years ago, Maine Senator Ed Muskie called for…

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Governor Mills And Attorney General Frey Respond to Supreme Court's Decision to Stay Texas Mifepristone Decision

Governor Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey released the following statements today after the Supreme Court issued a stay of the Texas mifepristone decision. The stay means that mifepristone remains accessible without restriction in all…

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Governor Mills Donates Remaining Inaugural Funds to Three Maine Nonprofits Supporting Maine Youth

Governor donates $10,500 each to the Mitchell Institute, Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, and Camp Susan Curtis Governor Janet Mills announced today that she has donated surplus funding from her inauguration to three Maine…

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Governor Janet Mills And Attorney General Frey Respond to Supreme Court's Temporary Stay of Texas Mifepristone Decision

Governor Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey issued the following statements today after the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay of the Texas mifepristone decision. As a result of a separate decision yesterday from a Federal Judge for…

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Governor Mills And Attorney General Frey Statement on Fifth Circuit Decision to Partially Stay Texas Ruling

Governor Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey issued the following statements today on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision regarding mifepristone. Last night, the Fifth Circuit granted a partial stay pending appeal of last…

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Governor Mills and Attorney General Frey Announce Mifepristone to Remain Available in Maine Without New Restrictions Following Federal Court Decision in Washington

Intervention by Attorney General Frey ensures that Maine people will not be affected by the Texas or Fifth Circuit Court decisions surrounding mifepristone Governor Janet Mills and Attorney General Aaron Frey announced tonight that mifepristone…

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Governor Mills Announces $24 Million Federal Award to Strengthen Early Childhood Support for Maine Families

Federal grant will strengthen community supports and educational opportunities for young children through coordinated effort led by the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Governor Janet Mills announced today that her Administration will use…

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Broad Coalition Strongly Endorses Legislation Empowering Women And Doctors to Make Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Religious leaders, medical professionals, and reproductive health care experts praise bill from Governor Mills, Senate President Jackson and Speaker Talbot Ross to ensure that decisions about abortions are made by women & doctors, not…

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Governor Mills Applauds Maine Attorney General's Effort to Block Texas Mifepristone Decision

Governor Janet Mills tonight praised an announcement by Attorney General Aaron Frey that he has joined 24 state attorneys generals in filing a multistate amicus brief urging the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block last week’s ruling…

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Governor Mills Responds to Federal Judge Decision to Suspend FDA Approval of Mifepristone

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to a ruling tonight by Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas that would block FDA approval of mifepristone, a safe and effective…

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Governor Mills Welcomes First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to Maine

Biden-Harris Administration’s “Investing in America” Tour to Spotlight Free Community College Initiative Proposed by Governor Mills Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement welcoming First Lady Jill Biden and U.S.…

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Governor Mills Announces Positive COVID-19 Test Result

Governor Janet Mills announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 today. The Governor received a positive result after experiencing a scratchy throat this morning. She will isolate for a minimum of five days, consistent with Maine and U.S.…

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Governor Mills Signs Current Services Budget into Law

Governor Janet Mills today signed into law a $9.8 billion current services budget that will ensure the continued operations of State government for the next biennium. The Governor also signed a proclamation calling the Legislature back into session…

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Governor Mills Nominates Renewable Energy Policy and Economics Expert to Maine Public Utilities Commission

Governor Janet Mills today nominated Carolyn “Carrie” Gilbert of Cape Elizabeth, an expert on renewable energy policy and economics, to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC). For the past 15 years, Gilbert has worked at…

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Governor Mills' Chief Legal Counsel in Maine Sunday Telegram Op-Ed: Governor is Committed to Building on Progress with Tribal Nations in Maine

In case you missed it, Governor Mills’ Chief Legal Counsel, Jerry Reid, penned an op-ed in yesterday’s Maine Sunday Telegram outlining Governor Mills’ commitment to making continued progress with the Tribal Nations in Maine. In his…

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Governor Mills Celebrates Opening of Everest Recovery Opioid Treatment Center in Manchester

Manchester, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today celebrated the upcoming opening of Everest Recovery Center, a new opioid use treatment and recovery facility in Manchester. The center is Everest’s second Maine location following the…

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Governor Mills and Maine's Congressional Delegation Announce President's Approval of Major Disaster for Severe December Winter Storm

Governor Janet Mills and U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that President Biden has approved the State of Maine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for…

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Governor Mills Directs Flags Lowered Across Penobscot and Hancock Counties in Honor of Chief Chris Greeley

Governor Janet Mills has directed that the United States and State of Maine flags immediately be flown at half-staff until sunset today, Friday, March 17, 2023, throughout Penobscot and Hancock Counties in honor of late Holden Police Chief and…

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With Winter Storm Approaching, Governor Mills Orders State Offices Closed Tomorrow, March 14, 2023

With a winter storm forecasted to bring heavy snow and high winds that will create hazardous driving conditions across the state, Governor Janet Mills has directed all State of Maine offices closed tomorrow, March 14, 2023. “The storm…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Waterboro for September 7, 2022

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Mills Administration Announces All $450 Winter Energy Relief Checks Have Been Mailed

AUGUSTA, ME-- The Mills Administration announced on March 10th, that all $450 Winter Energy Relief Payments have been mailed. The Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) has processed and mailed the $450 payments to all…

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Governor Mills Swears in Wayne Douglas as Associate Justice on Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Joined by members of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and others at the State House, Governor Janet Mills on March 10th, swore in Wayne R. Douglas as Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Douglas joins the Supreme Judicial…

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Maine Joins FDA Suit Over Unlawful, Unnecessary Restrictions on Medication Abortion Drug

Lawsuit accuses the FDA of ignoring more than a quarter century of science showing that mifepristone is extremely safe AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined a multistate federal lawsuit against the Food & Drug Administration…

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Governor Mills, Maine Maple Producers Tap Blaine House Maple Tree Ahead of 40th Maine Maple Sunday Weekend

Governor Janet Mills and Maine Maple Producers Association President Lyle Merrifield on March 6th, tapped the Blaine House Maple Tree ahead of the 40thAnnual Maine Maple Sunday Weekend later this month. The annual tradition sets the stage for Maine…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Mexico August 31, 2022

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Governor Mills Announces $1.6 Million Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Grants to Support Employers With Workforce Transportation Solutions

Bath Iron Works, Robbins Lumber, Gagne Foods, and Timber HP will receive funding for transportation initiatives to build and retain their workforce Governor Janet Mills on March 1st, announced $1.6 million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan grant…

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Governor Mills Announces $15 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Grant Funding to Expand Career and Technical Education in Maine

Investment will create or expand programming to equip students with real-world skills and experiences needed to enter and succeed in the workforce Norway, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills on Feb 27th, announced that four Career and Technical…

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Mills Administration Releases Comprehensive Plan to Responsibly Advance Offshore Wind in Maine

The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap outlines strategies for Maine to benefit from offshore wind, while preserving Gulf of Maine communities, fisheries, and wildlife The Governor’s Energy Office on Feb 23rd, released the Maine Offshore Wind…

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Maine's Bureau of Insurance Approves 11.9% Average Decrease in Workers Compensation Loss Costs

Acting Superintendent Timothy Schott announced approval of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.'s (NCCI) 2023 loss costs for Maine, filed 01/11/2023, which proposed an average loss cost decrease of 11.9%. The new NCCI loss costs go…

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With Snow Storm Approaching, Governor Mills Orders State Offices Closed Tomorrow, February 23, 2023

With a significant storm arriving this evening that is expected to bring heavy snow and sleet and create hazardous road conditions across the state, Governor Mills has directed all State of Maine offices closed tomorrow, February 23, 2023. …

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Governor Mills Joins 19 Fellow Governors to Launch Reproductive Freedom Alliance

Governor Janet Mills joined 19 fellow Governors today to launch the Reproductive Freedom Alliance, a multi-state coalition focused on protecting and expanding reproductive freedom. The nonpartisan alliance, open to all governors who support…

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Governor Mills Signs Supplemental Budget into Law

Governor Janet Mills today signed the supplemental budget into law. The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure last week by a vote of 113-21 in the House and 24-5 in the Senate. It earned the unanimous support of the Legislature’s…

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Governor Mills Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President Biden Following Severe December Winter Storm

Governor Janet Mills has requested that President Joe Biden issue a Major Disaster Declaration for several Maine counties in the wake of the severe winter storm that battered Maine in late December. In a letter to the President yesterday, Governor…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins Multistate Coalition in Support of EPA Supplemental Proposal to Regulate Methane Emissions from the Oil and Natural Gas Sector

AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey on Feb 15th, joined a multistate coalition, led by California and New York, in submitting comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) supplemental proposal to strengthen…

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What They're Saying: Leaders Praise Governor Mills' New Initiatives from State of the Budget Address

Leaders, advocates, and experts are praising new initiatives announced by Governor Janet Mills last night to address homelessness, tackle the opioid crisis, and increase clean energy. The Governor announced the initiatives during her State of the…

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Maine Specialty Crop Grant Program Applications Now Open

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Augusta, ME - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources seeks Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) applications…

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Stockholm July 31, 2022

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Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Mars Hill April 14, 2021

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins Multistate Coalition to Defend and Protect Access to Medication Abortion

Coalition Argues that Revoking FDA Approval of Medication Abortion Would Endanger Lives Nationwide AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey on Feb 10th, joined a multistate coalition to defend and protect safe access to medication abortion…

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Prevent Contact With Wild Birds : Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Situational Report

AUGUSTA- The risk for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) remains high in Maine, and backyard flock and commercial operators are urged to prevent contact between domestic and wild birds by bringing them indoors and ensuring their outdoor areas…

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Lewiston Deadly Force Review Panel Report - November 11, 2020

Deadly Force Review Panel - Consideration of an incident in Lewiston on 11/18/2020 at around 4:23 a.m. when Corporal Jeremy Somma of the Lewiston Police Department discharged his weapon at Joshua Boyd. Corporal Somma responded to a 911 call from a…

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Falmouth Deadly Force Review Panel Report - January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022 - Falmouth Use of Deadly Force Incident As required by 5 M.R.S. § 200-K, the Maine Deadly Force Review Panel submits the following report of the January 10, 2022, use of deadly force incident involving Corporal Ricci Cote of…

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Augusta Deadly Force Review Panel Report - November 24, 2019

November 24, 2019 - Augusta Use of Deadly Force Incident As required by 5 M.R.S. § 200-K, the Maine Deadly Force Review Panel submits the following report of the use of deadly force incident in Augusta on November 24, 2019, involving Officer…

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Waldo Deadly Force Review Panel Report - January 9, 2022

January 9, 2022 - Waldo Use of Deadly Force Incident As required by 5 M.R.S. § 200-K, the Maine Deadly Force Review Panel submits the following report of the January 9, 2022, use of deadly force incident involving Trooper Tyler Harrington of…

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Waterville Deadly Force Review Panel Report - February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021 - Waterville Use of Deadly Force Incident As required by 5 M.R.S. § 200-K, the Maine Deadly Force Review Panel submits the following report of the February 11, 2021, use of deadly force incident involving Officer Paul Heath…

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2022 Annual Report of the Deadly Force Review Panel

Introduction The Deadly Force Review Panel reports to the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary. In each report of the Panel’s review of a deadly force incident, the Panel offers carefully considered observations and recommendations…

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Collins, King, Pingree Meet with Governor Janet Mills at U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree today met with Governor Janet Mills at the U.S. Capitol. “There’s nothing more important than working together when it…

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Maine DHHS Temporarily Closes Lewiston Office Due to Damage From Cold Weather

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) closed its district office at 200 Main Street in Lewiston today due to water and electrical damage resulting from the extreme cold weather in the past few days. The office is…

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The Big E Fair Equals Big Opportunity for Maine Businesses

Producers of delicious foods and beverages and highly saleable handmade items are strongly encouraged to apply to become Maine Building vendors Augusta, ME - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Agricultural Resource…

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Governor Mills Urges Preparedness and Caution During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Governor Janet Mills and Maine emergency management officials are urging Maine people to prepare for the extreme winter cold expected this weekend and to exercise caution throughout it. Maine is forecast to experience a level of extreme cold…

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Mills Administration Statement on January-December 2022 Drug Overdose Report

Governor Janet Mills, Director of Opioid Response Gordon Smith, and Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services Jeanne Lambrew issued the following statements on the December 2022 overdose report released by the Maine Attorney…

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The Employment Situation in Maine - November 2022

Nonfarm wage and salary jobs increased by 3,000 to 645,100, the highest level on record; the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.7 percent; and labor force participation decreased to 58 percent, the lowest on record. Estimates derived from the…

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The Employment Situation in Maine - October 2022

The Employment Situation in Maine - October 2022 Preliminary estimates of nonfarm wage and salary jobs, derived from a survey of employer payrolls, and of unemployment and labor force participation, derived from a survey of households, provided…

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Maine Department of Labor Releases Workforce Outlook to 2030

*The decreasing number of births and the aging population that results from that continue to be the primary factors impacting the size of Maine's workforce.* AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Labors Center for Workforce Research and Information…

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186 People Hired During the 2022 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, at an Average Hourly Wage of Over $33

*The annual campaign's goal is for 100+ employers to hire 100+ veterans during 100 days.* AUGUSTA - Final results are in: a total of 186 veterans and military family members, including 40 women veterans, were hired during the 2022 Maine Hire-A-Vet…

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Upcoming Labor Law Changes in 2023

In preparation for the new year, the Maine Department of Labor is reminding employers of upcoming labor law changes, such as updates to minimum wage and vacation payout. **Maine's Minimum Wage to Increase to $13.80 Per Hour in 2023** Pursuant to…

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The Employment Situation in Maine - December 2022

The Employment Situation in Maine - December 2022 Nonfarm wage and salary jobs decreased by 2,300 to 644,600, following a large upward revision to the November estimate. The number of jobs in December was the second highest on record. Unemployment…

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Maine Kicks Off National Apprenticeship Week with Visit to Pre-Apprenticeship Training in Newport

*The Dept. of Labor is also hosting a series of webinars all week for employers.* Maine - This morning, Maine Dept. of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman visited pre-apprenticeship students from Nokomis Regional High School at the Augusta Electrical…

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Mills Administration Announces $3.5 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Grants to Strengthen Key Employment Pipelines

Six Organizations to Receive "Industry Partnership" Awards Augusta, MAINE - The Mills Administration announced that six organizations have been awarded $3.5 million through Governor Mills' Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to develop initiatives that…

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The Employment Situation in Maine - September 2022

The Employment Situation in Maine - September 2022 Nonfarm wage and salary jobs increased by 1,600 and the unemployment rate increased to 3.3 percent in September. This news release presents estimates derived from two monthly surveys. The…

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CareerCenter Hiring Events and Services - February 2023

MAINE - Are you a job seeker and not sure what the next step in your career is, or an employer looking to expand your workforce? The Maine Department of Labor's CareerCenters, together with their partners, offer many services to help people find…

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Tools and Tips for Helping To Knock Out More Browntail Moths

Augusta, ME - To draw increased attention to the risks presented to humans by the browntail moth (BTM), the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry announced February as Browntail Moth Awareness Month. Winter is the best time to spot,…

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Governor Mills Announces Maine Veterans’ Dental Network to Continue Services with $200,000 Grant from Northeast Delta Dental

Governor Janet Mills announced on Feb 2nd, that, due to a generous $200,000 grant from Northeast Delta Dental, the Maine Veterans’ Dental Network (MVDN) will continue its dental services for Maine veterans who otherwise cannot afford…

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

Program seeks conservation and recreation projects on working forestland and in the Working Farmland Access and Protection Program. AUGUSTA - The Mills Administration announced its second call for proposals through the Land for Maine's Future…

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Mills Administration Announces Remaining $850 Inflation Relief Checks Have Been Mailed

Department of Administrative and Financial Services pivots to begin processing $450 Winter Energy Relief Payment; launches FAQ website AUGUSTA, ME -- The Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) announced on Jan 31st, that…

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Governor Mills to Deliver State of the Budget Address on Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Governor Janet Mills announced on Jan 31st, that she will deliver the State of the Budget Address to a Joint Convention of the Legislature in the House Chamber on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. The Governor was invited to deliver her…

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Governor Mills, Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Urge Preparedness And Caution During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Augusta, ME -Maine is forecast to experience a level of extreme cold temperatures that only occurs about once every decade. The National Weather Service (NWS) Offices in Gray and Caribou report wind chills are expected to remain well below zero…

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Governor Mills Nominates Veteran Superior Court Justice to Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Governor Janet Mills announced on Feb 1st, that she has nominated a veteran of the Maine state court system, Superior Court Justice Wayne R. Douglas, to serve as an Associate Justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Douglas has served on…

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Governor Mills Nominates Executive Director for New Office of Affordable Health Care

Meg Garratt-Reed to head new independent agency established to analyze health care cost drivers and propose solutions for Maine people Governor Janet Mills announced on Jan 30th, that she has nominated Meg Garratt-Reed, Director of the Office of…

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Governor Mills Nominates Carlos Mello to Serve as CEO of the Finance Authority of Maine

Mello has served as Acting CEO of FAME since February 2021 Governor Janet Mills on Jan 30th, nominated Carlos R. Mello of Camden to serve as CEO of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). Mello – who brings more than thirty-five years of…

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Governor Mills Announces First Round of $450 Energy Relief Payments Are In The Mail

Governor says 200,000 checks will be mailed per week moving forward Governor Janet Mills announced that the first round of $450 winter energy relief payments are being mailed to eligible Maine taxpayers today. The $450 Winter Relief Payments are…

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Gears Up For Quick Moving Winter Weather

AUGUSTA, ME - A quick moving storm is set to hit Maine late Wednesday evening into Thursday. The wintery mix of snow, rain, freezing rain, and ice will move south to north with higher snow totals expected to the north and west. The National Weather…

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Business Settles with Office of the Attorney General After Threatening Consumers Posting Negative Reviews

Liberty Bell Moving and Storage, Inc. Will Pay 125K After OAG Legal Action AUGUSTA – The Office of the Attorney General has entered into an agreement with Liberty Bell Moving and Storage Inc., and its owner, Kevin Finkenaur, after an OAG…

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Governor Mills Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of the Victims of the Monterey Park, California Tragedy

Consistent with a directive of the President, Governor Janet Mills has ordered the United States and the State of Maine flags lowered to half-staff statewide through Thursday, January 26, 2023 in honor and remembrance of the victims of the horrific…

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Tracks 2023's First Significant Snowfall

Maine Emergency Management Agency AUGUSTA, ME - Maine will see its first significant snowfall of the year as several inches of snow is forecast across much of the state beginning late Thursday evening with light snowfall lasting into Friday night.…

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Governor Mills’ Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on Jan 16th, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: “Through his life and deeds, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that progress requires participation, and that…

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Governor Mills, Senate President Jackson and Speaker Talbot Ross Announce Legislation to Strengthen Maine’s Reproductive Health Care Laws

Inspired by the experience of Yarmouth resident Dana Pierce, legislation seeks to ensure that Maine people are able to access reproductive health care they need, when they need it Governor Janet Mills, Senate President Troy Jackson, and House…

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Report of Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Limerick December 27, 2019

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Report of Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Lewiston August 5, 2019

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Report of Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force Newport July 15, 2022

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What They’re Saying: Leaders Praise Governor Mills’ Biennial Budget Proposal

Leaders, advocates, and experts from across Maine are praising the Governor’s new biennial budget proposal. The proposal, unveiled by the Governor yesterday, builds on the significant progress achieved under her last budget by continuing her…

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Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah to Join U.S. CDC Leadership

Shah to serve as Principal Deputy Director at the Federal agency beginning in March Governor Janet Mills announced on Jan 12th, that Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), has been appointed…

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Governor Mills Unveils Biennial Budget Proposal

The proposal – which is balanced, does not raise taxes and leaves the Rainy Day Fund untouched – continues the Governor’s free community college initiative & invests in health care, housing, and infrastructure Governor Janet…

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Governor Mills Appoints Former House Speaker Ryan Fecteau as Senior Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Elizabeth Gattine of Westbrook also appointed as coordinator of Governor’s Cabinet on Aging in Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future Governor Janet Mills on Jan 10th, announced that she has appointed Ryan Fecteau of…

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Governor Mills Announces $5.6 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Grants to Support Maine Entrepreneurs and Startups

Second round of Pandemic Recovery for an Innovative Maine Economy (PRIME) Fund focused on supports that help startup companies scale and grow Governor Janet Mills announced on Jan 10th, that 16 Maine organizations have been awarded $5.6 million…

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Office of the Attorney General Secures Win in Appeal of Pro Rata Cable Law

Supreme Court Declines to Review Lower Court Decision in Spectrum Northeast, LLC. v. Frey AUGUSTA – On Jan 9th, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to Maine’s first-in-the-nation consumer protection law…

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Maine People Urged to Sign Up by the January 15 Deadline for Affordable Health Insurance Through CoverME.gov

Open enrollment ends in five days for coverage in 2023 AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is urging Maine residents who lack affordable health insurance to sign up by the deadline of Sunday, January 15, for a…

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Allagash Wilderness Waterway Opens Applications for the 2023 Visiting Artist Program

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Augusta, ME - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) on Jan 5th, announced the opening of its 2023 Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) Visiting Artist Program…

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More Outdoors Enthusiasts Than Ever Chose A Maine State Park Campground In 2022; Get Your Camping Trip Locked In For 2023

Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL) Director Andy Cutko announced a record set during 2022 for camping nights. During 2022,…

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Declaring 'Hope Is Very Much Alive' in Maine, Governor Mills Sworn In To Second Term as Governor

Declaring that “hope is very much alive” in Maine, Governor Janet Mills this evening took the oath office to inaugurate her second term as Governor of Maine. “It is the highest privilege of my life to serve as your Governor,…

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Governor Mills Signs Emergency Winter Energy Relief Plan, Delivering Direct Heating Relief to Maine People

Measure provides $450 checks and other supports to ensure Maine people can stay safe and warm this winter Just hours after it earned strong, bipartisan support from the Maine Legislature, Governor Janet Mills on Jan 4th, signed legislation…

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Inaugural Celebration to Showcase Maine-Centered Entertainment and Food

Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 30th, that her Inaugural Celebration – which will take place on Thursday, January 5th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center – will feature entertainment from Maine-based musicians as well…

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Governor Mills Announces Inaugural Program

The inauguration will feature original poetry readings and musical performances Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 28th, the complete program for her inauguration next Wednesday, January 4, 2023. The inauguration will feature the reading of…

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Governor Mills Nominates Veteran Law Enforcement Officer to Serve as Next Colonel of the Maine State Police

Major William Ross, Operations Major for the Maine State Police, is a 20-year veteran of the force Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 28th, that she will nominate Major William “Bill” Ross, a more than 24-year veteran of law…

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Governor Mills Praises Unanimous Committee Vote to Recommend Passage of Winter Emergency Energy Relief Plan

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement on the temporary Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee’s unanimous vote last night to recommend passage of the Winter Emergency Energy Relief Plan: “I thank the members of…

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Governor Mills, Maine Emergency Management Agency Urge Maine People To Prepare For Rain, High Winds, Coastal Flooding And Freezing Temperatures Ahead of Major Winter Storm

Governor Janet Mills and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are urging Maine people to prepare for rain, high winds, coastal flooding, and freezing temperatures ahead of the major incoming winter storm. MEMA is coordinating preparedness…

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With Major Winter Storm Coming, Governor Mills Closes State Offices on December 23, 2022

With a major winter storm expected to bring rain, high winds, coastal flooding, and freezing temperatures that will create hazardous conditions, Governor Janet Mills has directed all State of Maine offices closed on, December 23, 2022. “We…

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Governor Mills Praises Congressional Passage of Federal Funding Bill With Lifeline Provision for Maine’s Lobster Industry

Appropriations omnibus contains regulatory pause for lobster industry secured by Governor Mills, Maine Congressional Delegation Governor Janet Mills on Dec 23rd, issued the following statement after Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations…

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Governor Mills Urges Continued Caution Amid Strong Winds, Flooding From Winter Storm

Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement urging Maine people to continue to exercise caution amid Dec 23rd’s winter storm: “The State Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring the storm, and the State is coordinating…

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Maine DHHS Offers Tips and Resources for a Healthy Holiday Season

Basic precautions and supports can promote physical and mental health during a time of reflection, gatherings, and travel AUGUSTA -- The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is encouraging Maine people to take simple steps to…

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Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan News - December 21, 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 Delegation, Governor Mills Announce Lifeline for Maine’s Lobster Industry Secured in Government Funding Package

The regulatory pause was authored by Sens. Collins, King and Reps. Pingree, Golden and supported by Governor Mills Washington, D.C. – On Dec 20th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden,…

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Says Prepare for Wintery Conditions

Maine Emergency Management Agency AUGUSTA, MAINE - The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) staff, partner agencies, and utility companies are coordinating preparedness efforts in advance of the incoming snowstorm. The National Weather…

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All State Offices to Close Early on, Friday, December 16, 2022 at 1:00 P.M.

With heavy snow expected across much of Maine on Dec 16th afternoon, Governor Janet Mills has directed the early closure of all State of Maine offices on, Friday, December 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. “Maine Emergency Management Agency is working…

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Inauguration of Governor Janet T. Mills to Occur on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in Augusta

Inaugural Celebration to be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 The Inauguration of Governor Janet T. Mills will take place on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta. The Maine Constitution prescribes that…

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Governor Mills Thanks Senate President Jackson, Speaker Talbot Ross for Work to Advance Emergency Energy Relief Plan

As Legislature considers energy relief, Governor takes executive action to deliver heating aid to low-income, older Maine people Governor Janet Mills issued the following statement in response to Senate President Troy Jackson and House Speaker…

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Governor Mills Announces $2.25 Million Investment to Strengthen Health Care Workforce in Rural Communities

Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan initiative – matched with other Federal funding – will expand training and career opportunities for doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec…

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Governor Mills Urges Maine People to Sign Up by December 15 for Affordable Health Insurance Through CoverME.gov

Dec 15th, is the last day to enroll to avoid a gap in coverage in 2023 Governor Mills is reminding Maine residents who lack affordable health coverage that tomorrow, December 15, 2022, is the deadline to sign up through CoverME.gov, Maine’s…

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

Requests focus on projects of statewide significance, community conservation, and working forests. AUGUSTA - The Mills Administration announced two new calls for proposals through the Lands for Maine's Future Program (LMF). The requests are for…

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Governor Mills Recognizes 2022 Recipients of the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence

During a ceremony held on Dec 12th, at The Blaine House, Governor Janet Mills presented four Maine businesses with her Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. Since 1991, the annual award has recognized and celebrated Maine businesses with…

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Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Secures Over $10 Billion in Opioid Funds from CVS and Walgreens

Brings total recoveries from drug industry to more than $50 billion AUGUSTA - Attorney General Aaron Frey on Dec 12th, announced that a multistate coalition of attorneys general have finalized agreements with pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens to…

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Influenza Rates Rise Sharply Across Maine

Still time to get protected with the flu shot AUGUSTA, ME -- Maine is experiencing a sharp increase in seasonal influenza (flu) activity statewide. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reminds residents and visitors to…

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Governor Mills Announces $14 Million in Maine Jobs and Recovery Grants Awarded to Maine Forestry Companies

Second Round of Forestry Recovery Initiative Builds upon $6 Million Already Awarded Governor Janet Mills announced on Dec 9th, that 19 Maine forestry companies have been awarded grants totaling $14 million from the final round of the Forest…

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Attorney General Aaron Frey Joins Coalition to Protect Access to Gender-Affirming Care

13 Attorneys General File an Amicus Brief to Fight Healthcare Discrimination Against Transgender People AUGUSTA – Attorney General Aaron Frey has joined a coalition of 13 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the case of Fain…

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Governor Mills Statement on Senate Republican Rejection of the Emergency Winter Heating Relief Plan

Governor Janet Mills released the following statement on the Senate Republicans’ rejection of the Emergency Winter Heating Relief Plan. The Plan, negotiated with Republicans and Democratic leadership in the Legislature over the past several…

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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 on Dec 6th, unveiled…

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Governor Mills Statement on Senate Republican Rejection of the Emergency Winter Heating Relief Plan

Governor Janet Mills released the following statement on the Senate Republicans’ rejection of the Emergency Winter Heating Relief Plan. The Plan, negotiated with Republicans and Democratic leadership in the Legislature over the past several…

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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

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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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