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Measures of Growth

The new report, “Measures of Growth 2015” has just been published by the Maine Growth Council under the auspices of the Maine Development Foundation (MDF).

This report is widely regarded as the most important report produced on Maine’s economy. It has been used by public and private leaders to set agendas and develop programs that serve to promote sustainable economic growth in Maine.

The report includes performance indicators that measure Maine’s progress toward achieving a vision:  “a high quality of life for all Maine people, grounded in a vibrant and sustainable economy supported by vital communities and a healthy environment.”

The Growth Council was established by the Governor and Legislature in 1993 to report annually on the health of the Maine economy.  Council members are appointed jointly by the Governor, Senate President, and Speaker of the House.  MDF administers the Council.

The report is available in its entirety for viewing and download on MDF’s website at

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Watershed students

It was really great to see a group of students from the Watershed School visit the State House during legislative session recently.  They asked smart questions and showed genuine interest in several issues including energy, climate, education, and infrastructure.

I hope they stay engaged!  Story here.

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Fiscal news

Latest Fiscal News here:

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“Talk Transportation”

MDOT Public Meetings: Share your thoughts with the planners!

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February Fiscal News

The February 2015 issue of the Fiscal News is now available under the News section of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s web page  and through the following link:

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2014 Financial Report

The State of Maine is pleased to announce that the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 is available on our website at:

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January Fiscal News

The January 2015 issue of the Fiscal News is now available under the News section of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s web page  and through the following link:

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Weskeag River bridge project






Please join MaineDOT at a preliminary public meeting to discuss future improvements

of the Weskeag Bridge (#2425) which carries Rt. 73 over the Weskeag River.

Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be

present on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to listen to concerns,

receive comments, and answer questions from anyone

with an interest in the project. The Department is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans,

discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues.

Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary

aids will be provided upon advance request.

Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of

Mark Parlin, Project Manager , Maine Department of Transportation

Bridge Program, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016

Telephone: (207) 624-3449   . Email:

.Work Identification Numbers 020485.00

Federal Aid Project Numbers STP-2048 (5-00)

TTY Telephone (888) 516-9364

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MDOT work plan

The Maine Department of Transportation Work Plan for 2015-2016-2017 has been released. The Work Plan describes all of the projects and activities that the department plans to undertake over the next three years. This includes major construction projects for all transportation modes; smaller construction and maintenance projects; plowing and summer road maintenance; bus, rail and ferry operations; sidewalks; trails; and more.

The projects and activities listed for 2015 includes 523 capital projects with a combined total value of $469 million. To view the Work Plan online, and to search for specific regions or projects, visit:

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Ocean acidification

The Final Report of the Commission to Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Its Existing and Potential Effects on Species That Are Commercially Harvested and Grown Along the Maine Coast is complete and can be accessed at:

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