Tickets on sale now for Bangor Jan 3-4 'Monster Jam' Event
Feld Motor Sports is bringing Monster Jam, the world's premier Monster Jam truck series to Cross Insurance Center in January. Tickets start at $27 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 2-12) and will be available Friday, November 22 at 10am at ticketmaster.com, the Cross Insurance Center Box Office, or charge by phone.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:13:42 AM
Emergency Unemployment Compensation due to expire
On December 28th, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will expire if Congress does not renew it. According to the Maine Department of Labor, this expiration would impact between 3,600 and 4,200 of the 16,402 Maine unemployment compensation claimants. EUC provides additional federal unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals who have exhausted all available benefits from their state unemployment compensation programs. Nationally, 1.3 million jobless workers will have their benefits cut off on December 28th.
Nov 22, 2013 - 8:23:14 AM
Rule modification would benefit Maine paper mills
Representatives Mike Michaud and Reid Ribble (R-WI) have sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging it to modify EPA's proposed Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule to expand the types of materials classified as fuels. A bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress signed the letter.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:33:26 AM
This Old House's list of best new home products for 2013
Millinocket, ME (November 8, 2013) -- MAINE HERITAGE TIMBER, New England's leading source for river-reclaimed timber was named a "2013 TOH Top 100 award winner" by This Old House. The third annual The TOH Top 100 features the 100 best new home products of the year. Maine Heritage Timber's river-reclaimed wainscoting and trim was one of twelve listed in the 'Finishing Touches' category to receive the honor.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:35:21 AM
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company, Michaud and Pingree Request Congressional Review of Acadia Concessions Contract. Express concern over impacts of federal shutdown and proposed out-of-state concessions contract on Acadia National Park
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:53:17 PM
Maine's Adam Cote Honored at White House
On Nov 5, 2013 the White House honored 12 local heroes as "Champions of Change" at an event that celebrated American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are doing extraordinary work to advance clean energy and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities. Adam Cote of Sanford, the CEO and Cofounder of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, was among those honored.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:35:12 AM
Maine to receive $33,784,000
$33 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding has been releassed for the state of Maine
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:51:47 AM
Martha Stevens-David, Ghost Writer for Dr. Mary Dycio's Autobiography
Daniel Hartill of the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal interviewed the good Doctor on Monday 21, 2013 and published the interview under the title: 91-year-old Auburn woman recalls youth in occupied Ukraine. Near the beginning of the article there is a photograph of Martha Stevens-David with Dr. Mary Dycio and her dog Sultun. The photograph was taken on the edge of Taylor Pond in Auburn on Monday afternoon. (Apparently Sultan disappeared in the woods for an hour after the interview which just capped off the perfect day).
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:13:29 AM
Michaud Includes Maine Priorities in House-passed Water Resources Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which is a bipartisan bill that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, flood protection and environmental restoration. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill. The House bill passed by a vote of 417-3.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:10:31 AM
$2 Million Investment in Brunswick
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in Brunswick is being awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. The U.S Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project, while $1.3 is being provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The funding was made possible through a collaborative Make it in America Challenge, which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training and domestic business expansion.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:42:11 AM
Maine Chastises Congress for Spendthrift Debt-Limit Deal
ME State Director Carol Weston said, "Spending is the problem. Borrowing more without curbing the spending will continue to hurt jobs and the economy. In order to take the steps necessary in getting spending and our debt crisis under control we must address the root cause of our rising debt through spending reforms. There are opportunities for common-sense, reasonable reductions and reforms that will help save billions of tax payer dollars."
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:23:14 AM
Dover-Foxcroft and Jackman Receive Economic Development Funding
Representative Mike Michaud praised the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announcement that it has awarded grants to Dover-Foxcroft and Jackman for economic development projects. Michaud authored the legislation that created the NBRC, which is charged with addressing the community and economic development needs of distressed portions of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:23:06 AM
Maine Failing to Make Virtual Education a Reality
According to the report, 30 states offer a full-time virtual school on the state level, while 35 states offer a blended learning program for specific courses on the state level. Currently the state of Maine allows districts to conduct online learning but fails to offer parents and students statewide full-time virtual schools or a statewide blended learning program.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:07:31 AM
Maine: Don't Take the Bait
Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the issue, but are founded in their belief that they'll curry favor with these special interests by showing fealty to them.
Sep 25, 2013 - 6:50:01 AM
Nomination of Jon Levy for District Court Judge
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have ed the White House announcement that President Obama has nominated Justice Jon Levy of Maine to be a District Court Judge in the District of Maine to replace the Honorable George Z. Singal, who took senior status on July 31st.
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:10:07 AM
Mainer Commissioned to Focus on Reducing Child Abuse
WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama has announced his intention to appoint Michael R. Petit, whose home state is Maine, to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The commission, which was established by the "Protect Our Kids Act" (H.R. 6655), is charged with developing a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. Obama selected Petit to be one of the six commissioners he has the authority to appoint to the new commission.
Sep 7, 2013 - 7:20:24 AM
Federal Agencies to Review Hazmat Rail Rules
After the accident in Quebec, there have been a number of safety concerns raised--both specifically in response to it and others that are longstanding. While it is still too early in the investigation to determine exactly how this tragedy could have been prevented, the design flaws of DOT-111 tank cars are well documented. The FRA has joined PHMSA in announcing a public meeting to review federal regulations that apply to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. DATE: August 27-28, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 2, 2013 - 1:38:27 AM
Nearly $5 Million Approved for Maine Airports
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 31st, Representative Mike Michaud, a longtime member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of funding for a number of Maine's airports, including a $2,561,278 investment in the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport's terminal project.
Aug 2, 2013 - 1:07:37 AM
Mainer Commands USS Constitution
Cmdr. Sean Kearns, a native of Hampden, Maine, assumed command of USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, during a change of command ceremony aboard the ship in Charlestown Navy Yard July 26.
Jul 28, 2013 - 6:45:30 AM
House Committee Hears Testimony on Michaud's Wilderness Bill
Representative Mike Michaud testified before the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Protection in support of the "Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act of 2013" (H.R. 1808), a bill he reintroduced in April that designates 13 islands as federal wilderness areas within the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex. Representative Chellie Pingree is a cosponsor of the bill, which is supported by numerous Maine conservation organizations and local businesses.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:38:01 PM
Michaud, Pingree Meet with NTSB Chairman on Rail Safety
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree met with Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is an independent federal agency with responsibility for investigating transportation accidents; conducting transportation safety studies; issuing safety recommendations; aiding victim's families in aviation disasters; and promoting transportation safety.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:24:10 PM
Michaud Introduces Bill to Support Biomass Energy
"While many renewable energy technologies receive tax incentives, this bill puts biomass on equal footing," said Michaud, a longtime supporter of biomass. "In addition to incentivizing the expansion of biomass energy use in general, the bill is a win-win for our state's economy and consumers--both residential and commercial. I'm pleased to join Senator King in advancing the adoption of this Maine- grown form of renewable energy."
Jul 19, 2013 - 4:39:50 AM
Michaud Introduces Bill Reforming VA's Budget Planning
Today's legislative hearing also considered the "Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013" (H.R. 813), a bill Michaud introduced with Chairman Miller to require Congress to fully fund the VA's discretionary budget a year ahead of schedule, ensuring that all VA services will have timely, predictable funding. H.R. 806, a bill introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley (California-26) that makes GAO reports on VA's budgets and funding permanent, was also considered at today's hearing.
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:05:39 AM
Investment at Bangor International Airport
Representative Mike Michaud was informed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development Matt Erskine that the city of Bangor will receive a $579,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to expand commercial aviation maintenance facilities at the Bangor International Airport. On April 4th, Michaud joined city economic development officials and Bangor International Airport staff to provide Erskine a tour of the project site. According to the EDA, the investment announced today will result in the creation of 70 high-wage aircraft maintenance jobs.
Jul 16, 2013 - 9:59:28 PM
Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Hurricane Preparedness Week
As the height of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, residents of Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are holding their own Hurricane Preparedness Week (July 15-19). Sandy was a stark reminder last fall that New England states are at high risk for hurricanes, with that storm ranking as the third most costly U.S. hurricane, according to estimates from ISO's Property Claims Services (PCS) unit.
Jul 16, 2013 - 9:32:21 PM
Protecting Consumers from Emergency Scams
Better Business Bureau is partnering with the Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) to promote awareness of emergency scams, in which victims are told that their loved one is traveling and needs help. Scammers make urgent pleas for the victim to send money, often to another country. More people travel during the summer, and whenever people are vulnerable, fraudsters will generally attack.
Jul 16, 2013 - 9:30:12 PM
AFP-ME Urges House to Delay Individual and Employer Mandates
Americans for Prosperity is urging House lawmakers to vote Yes on two bills coming to the floor Wednesday. The first, The Authority for Mandate Delay Act (H.R. 2667) would codify President Obama's decision to delay the employer mandate under ObamaCare; the second, The Fairness for American Families Act (H.R. 2668) would extend the same delay to the individual mandate.
Jul 16, 2013 - 9:28:15 PM
Reviewing Oil Transportation in Maine
In the wake of the tragic train accident in Quebec, Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree asked the federal government today to review the rail infrastructure that transports oil through Maine.
Jul 14, 2013 - 8:23:01 AM
Major Funding for Homeless Veterans and Families
"This critical funding will help homeless veterans find a home and keep those at risk of becoming homeless off the streets," said Michaud, the Ranking Member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. "This important program has made a big difference in helping veteran families stay in safe and stable situations, and I'm pleased this funding has been released to help Maine's veterans."
Jul 12, 2013 - 12:15:47 AM
Committee Webpage to Track Backlog of VA Info Requests
Chairman Jeff Miller and Ranking Member Mike Michaud have launched Trials in Transparency, a new web component of Veterans.House.Gov designed to highlight one of the committee's top oversight challenges: getting timely information from Department of Veterans Affairs officials. Trials in Transparency will keep a running record of outstanding information requests made to VA by both Democrat and Republican members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Jul 10, 2013 - 12:33:53 AM
In Support of Madawaska and Bucksport Paper Jobs
Last night, Rep. Mike Michaud and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of their colleagues to the leaders of House and Senate committees that have jurisdiction over a bill that could hurt paper workers in Bucksport and Madawaska. At issue is a section of a House-passed bill (H.R. 1919) that would allow prescription drug labeling for physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals to be provided solely by electronic means. The letter sent today follows up on a floor speech that Michaud delivered against the bill on June 3rd.
Jul 9, 2013 - 9:57:24 PM
Walmart Pork Suppliers Abuse Animals
Local animal rights activists, along with national nonprofit "Mercy For Animals", will hold a demonstration outside Walmart on Walton Dr. with a giant inflatable pig to call attention to Walmart's pork suppliers practice of confining pregnant sows to small gestation crates for most of their lives.
Jul 3, 2013 - 5:57:24 AM
Michaud Invites New Transportation Secretary to Maine
Representative Mike Michaud has sent a letter to recently confirmed Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx inviting him to Maine to learn more about the state's efforts on truck weights, composites work at the University of Maine, and the transit bus refurbishment program at the Maine Military Authority. Earlier today, Michaud joined the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations to invite Foxx to visit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which needs to be replaced.
Jun 30, 2013 - 12:13:39 AM
Reaction to House and Senate Override Governor's Budget Veto
Americans for Prosperity Maine is expressing their disappointment in yesterday's House and Senate votes to override the Governor's veto of the proposed state budget. The House voted 114-34 to override the Governor's veto. The Senate vote was 26-9.
Jun 28, 2013 - 12:20:04 AM
Michaud Responds to Obama's Climate Action Plan
"I'm still reviewing the plan and reaching out to stakeholders in Maine, and I know that the devil is always in the details. But it appears to me that the president's plan makes concrete progress on reducing pollution, addressing climate change, and growing our clean energy sector."
Jun 26, 2013 - 6:37:36 AM
Americans for Prosperity Maine Applauds House Vote
Americans for Prosperity Maine is applauding the House vote Wednesday sustaining the Governor's veto of Medicaid expansion in Maine and hosted a Rally yesterday to assert their desire to see three proposed tax increases removed from the state budget.
Jun 21, 2013 - 9:15:19 PM
Maine Ranked #9 in Deficient Bridge Report
A new report shows that more than 1 in 9 bridges nationwide are deemed to be structurally deficient. Maine ranked 9th regarding the percentage (14.8 percent) of its bridges that were classified as deficient. The report says that 356 of Maine's 2,408 bridges are deficient, which is an improvement since 2011 when there were 389.
Jun 20, 2013 - 2:21:47 AM
Old Town & Hampden to Receive Funding for First Responders
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) has announced that the Old Town Fire and Rescue Department and the Hampden Fire Department will receive funding through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program. The departments will receive $49,400 and $38,000 respectively. Old Town will use the funding for a new diesel exhaust system that will keep harmful fumes out of their living quarters. Hampden will be installing an air system that will fill breathing tanks used during dangerous and life threatening situations. Michaud has sponsored workshops around the state to help Maine fire departments navigate the process for obtaining Assistance to Firefighter Grants.
Jun 20, 2013 - 2:03:26 AM
Americans for Prosperity Maine Anti-Tax Rally Thursday
Americans for Prosperity Maine is expressing their disappointment over the tax increases in the current budget proposal approved by the Legislature. The Rally will take place at 11AM in the State House Halls of Flags and feature remarks from Governor Paul LePage and Mary Adams, Taxpayer Protection Pledge Director as well as Carol Weston, Americans for Prosperity Maine State Director and event host.
Jun 18, 2013 - 9:48:16 PM
House Passes 100% Made-in-the-USA Military Uniforms
The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud that would require any footwear provided to members of the Armed Forces upon initial entry be made in America. New Balance, which can make footwear to comply with federal procurement rules (photo attached), employs hundreds of Mainers in Norway, Norridgewock and Skowhegan.
Jun 16, 2013 - 2:38:28 AM