In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Paul LePage continued his attack on the tax-exempt status of Maine’s 75 private land trusts, claiming they take hundreds of millions of dollars of land value off the tax rolls.
L-R: Chellie Pingree, Bruce Poliquin Intriguing candidates take aim at incumbents Pingree & Poliquin AUGUSTA — Get ready for the blitz of television, social media and snail mail ads as campaign battles for Maine’s first and second congressional district...
Editor’s Note: During the 2018 election season, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is committed to providing independent, non-partisan election coverage to Maine residents. Our coverage starts with this story, looking at the candidates who hope to be...
The Legislature’s investigative arm launched a preliminary inquiry of the state-sponsored Maine PowerOptions electricity program Feb. 17, a month after a story by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting raised questions about the group’s transparency, oversight and benefits for its members.
For the first time in 16 years, staff of Maine PowerOptions appeared before lawmakers Feb. 2 to explain how the quasi-state electricity consortium brings together hundreds of municipalities and school districts across the state to help them buy power.
Part 1: Five years after a scandal at the Maine Turnpike Authority landed its director in prison, a quasi-state program — Maine PowerOptions (MPO), which brings together municipalities, school districts and other state nonprofits to purchase electricity in bulk — lacks transparency and effective oversight.
Part 2: Both a confidential state probe and a subsequent independent investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, including a review of a confidential agreement between Maine PowerOptions and its electricity supplier, raise questions about whether the quasi-state program is living up to its original mission of saving Maine taxpayers money.
Part 3: Several northeastern states, including New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, have formed groups similar to Maine PowerOptions. Boston-based PowerOptions runs an organization nearly identical in mission to the Maine program, though far larger in scale — and with more transparency.
As the Maine legislature debates reducing some of its $500 million annual tax breaks for businesses to fill a budget hole, a national group has ranked Maine near the bottom for making it easy for the public to find out how that money is spent.
You can help us make government more transparent. Please take a look at this editorial in the Sun Journal which lays out a challenge for Maine for keeping government as open as possible. We would not be able to do our work as journalists without a strong Freedom of...