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November revenue

The November revenue report of General Fund and Highway Fund revenue, is available through the link below.

http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml

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Fiscal report for November

The November 2014 issue of the Fiscal News is now available on the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s web page through the following link:

http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/other_publications/fiscal_news/FiscalNews_2014_11.pdf .

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Ocean Acidification

One of the several serious threats to our seafood industry and (and therefore the coastal economy) is ocean acidification.  Two of my friends and colleagues in the Legislature have been working hard to find solutions.  Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle has been especially passionate about this and brings a deep background in ocean science to the task.   Mick and Sen. Chris Johnson of Somerville (both served with me on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources) have served on a 16-member Commission looking for solutions, and their recommendations are being finalized.

The commission’s recommendations offer a comprehensive approach that fall under six goals: (1) invest in Maine’s ability to monitor and investigate the effects of ocean acidification; (2) reduce emissions of carbon dioxide; (3) reduce local land-based nutrients and organic carbon contributions to acidification; (4) increase Maine’s capacity to mitigate, remediate and adapt to the impacts of ocean acidification; (5) educate and engage stakeholders, decision-makers and the public and empower them to take action; and (6) maintain a sustainable and coordinated focus on ocean acidification.

More information here:

http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/oceanacidificationmtgmatrls.htm

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Revenue forecasting

The December 2014 Revenue Forecasting Committee Report has been posted and is now available. 

Link to the December 2014 Report

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Commission to Study Long-Term Care

Final Report of the Commission to Continue the Study of Long-term Care Facilities is complete.  The report can be accessed at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/LTC2014finalrpt.pdf

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Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee Report

Final Report of the Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee is complete.  The report can be accessed at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/MHEACfinalrpt2014.pdf

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Airport Master Plan

Comments are being accepted on the new master plan for the Knox County Airport (RKD) in Owl’s Head.

Draft Master Plans are available on-line at: http://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/airport, at the Town Offices in Owls Head and South Thomaston, at the Knox County Administrator’s Office and at the Airport Manager’s Office.

Send comments to the County Commission and to Ervin Deck of Stantec  ervin.deck@stantec.com (deadline is Dec 19):
http://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/
go to Contact Us at
http://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/index.asp?Type=DYNAFORM&SEC={D751161E-C34D-4E48-A456-DB426BF18154}

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October fiscal news

The October 2014 issue of the Fiscal News is now available on the Office of Fiscal and Program Review’s web page through the following link: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/other_publications/fiscal_news/FiscalNews_2014_10.pdf

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St. George RSU Withdrawal public hearing

The St. George Select Board has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday,

October 23, at 7PM.  The hearing will be held at the Town Office.

Required by the State statute governing withdrawal, the public hearing will address the November 4th withdrawal ballot question: Do you favor the withdrawal of the Town of St. George from Regional School Unit #13 subject to the terms and conditions of the withdrawal agreement dated August 20, 2014?

The Town’s Withdrawal and Education Committee presentation will cover:

  • Terms of the Withdrawal Agreement
  • An improved education plan
  • Financial effects of withdrawal on tax assessments
  • Administrative structure of the new St. George Municipal School Unit (StGMSU). 

Residents are urged to attend this important public hearing on October 23rd and to vote on November 4th.  Absentee ballots  are available through the Town Office or can be requested online at Maine.gov.  

Please visit the Town Education and Town Withdrawal Committee webpage for information and documents regarding withdrawal.

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September revenue

The monthly revenue report for September has been posted to the link below.   The report consists of the Commissioner’s memo, revenue tables and the taxable sales summary in separate links on the web page below.

http://www.maine.gov/osc/finanrept/revenue.shtml

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