Maine is looking to successful financing models in other states as it seeks ways to fund a statewide energy overhaul and climate adaptation measures.
Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers.
A spokesperson in former Gov. LePage’s administration, a former state senator and a former state representative are competing to take on Jared Golden in the general election
6,000 Maine solar projects remain in limbo due to uncertainty over federal decision on net metering petition
More than 57,000 organizations and individuals formally opposed a recently filed petition that would remove Maine’s ability to set solar credit standards and shift control to the federal government. The change would impact thousands of Mainers who have already committed to solar projects.
Campaign spending provides one of the only concrete windows into party jockeying for power in Maine’s Legislature. Explore trends in fundraising and spending with the Maine Monitor’s interactive data dashboards.
Explore trends in fundraising and spending for Maine’s federal elections in 2020 using The Maine Monitor’s interactive data dashboards.
As Maine’s July 14 primary election looms amid a pandemic, state and local officials are still working out how to keep voting accessible to all while minimizing exposure to the coronavirus. The deadline to make the primary all-absentee is June 14.
Filed while the solar industry is reeling from the economic impacts of the coronavirus and state governments are focused on the pandemic, the petition could roll back net metering and unravel one of Gov. Mills’ key efforts to boost clean energy in Maine.
The coronavirus has caused an “unprecedented” economic downturn in Maine. Spikes in unemployment claims have broken the formulas economists use to predict what may come next. The Maine Monitor spoke with four Maine economists and one finance professor about vulnerabilities in the state economy and how it will get back on track.
For the past two decades, Maine’s newspapers jostled between periods of secular industry decline and widespread economic calamity. From 2000 to 2018, six in 10 newspaper publishing jobs have disappeared and wages have grown sluggishly at best. Only paper mills, semiconductor manufacturers, wood-product makers and vocational rehabilitation service providers shed jobs at a faster rate.
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