State Michaud Votes to Pass Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted in favor of legislation that will temporarily fund the Highway Trust Fund, which was otherwise projected to become insolvent by the end of this month. H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, reauthorizes the Highway Trust Fund through May 31, 2015. The bill passed the House of Representatives this evening by a 367-55 vote. Michaud is continuing to call on Republican leadership in the House to address a longer-term funding mechanism and reauthorization of transportation programs, to avoid another funding crisis in less than a year -- when this current bill would expire.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:47:15 PM
State Brantley Gilbert "Let it Ride" tour tickets available July 18th
BANGOR, ME - Global Spectrum proudly announces that country rocker, Brantley Gilbert, will perform in Bangor at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, September 28 at 6:30pm. The "Let it Ride" tour will feature Aaron Lewis, lead vocalist and founding member of the rock group Stained, as the opening act along with special guests Chase Bryant and Brian Davis.
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:17:21 AM
State Economic Boost for Maine
Grants to Denmark and Sullivan Fire Departments and an investment aware for the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission total almost $300,000.
Jul 9, 2014 - 9:00:30 PM
State Day One to open new residential treatment center in mid-Maine
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Day One recently won a bid from Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) to serve youth from all over Maine at a residential treatment program in mid-Maine. Day One currently operates two homes in Southern Maine providing the same services and is Maine's leading agency preventing and treating youth substance abuse with more than 40 years of experience.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
State $325,000 in Grants to Bradley and Madison Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that the Bradley Volunteer Fire Department and the Madison Fire Department will receive nearly $325,000 in operations and safety grants through FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. FEMA will provide $142,500 to Bradley and $179,835 to Madison to fund new equipment at each department.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:05:02 AM
State House Bill Drastic Cuts to Programs Critical to Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. June 10 -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted against an appropriations bill this evening that would dramatically slash funding for a number of services critical to Mainers and the state's economy. The bill, which passed in the House this evening along a largely party-line vote, provides nearly $2 billion less in funding to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) agencies than current funding levels. Services like Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), TIGER grants, and affordable housing programs are among those taking funding cuts.
Jun 13, 2014 - 7:47:39 AM
State $187,000 Economic Development Grant for Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo Counties
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced today that the Eastern Maine Development Corporation has received a grant of more than $187,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will go toward development of a strategic plan to assess the economic impact of the loss of major rail services and paper production businesses. The ultimate goal of the project is to attract private investment and spur job growth throughout the region.
Jun 6, 2014 - 9:57:16 AM
State Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $70k grant for electronic health records system
AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) was recently awarded a $70,000, three-year grant by HealthInfoNet. The initiative is funded by the State of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services as part of the State Innovation Model Grant and was designed to reimburse agencies for costs associated with implementing an electronic health records system (EHR).
Jun 4, 2014 - 7:10:19 AM
State American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) protects constitutional rights
The passage of ALAC in Oklahoma was the culmination of a 3-year effort by Representative Kern that she embarked upon when she learned that SQ755 was likely to run into trouble in the courts. ALAC has now been passed into law in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. A version of ALAC also passed into law for specialty courts in the state of Washington. Moreover, ALAC passed the Alabama legislature overwhelmingly last year as a constitutional amendment and goes to a vote of the people on the ballot in their next statewide election in November.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:20:37 AM
State Maine law enforcement 100 cold cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today in support of Maine's grant application for federal funding from the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Solving Cold Cases With DNA program. The federal funding would allow Maine to launch a homicide squad dedicated to investigating and solving the state's cold cases. Last month, Michaud announced he was working with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills to secure the funding.
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:07:13 AM
State $3.3 Million in Airport Safety & Infrastructure Funding for Maine
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud has announced that twelve Maine airports will collectively receive more than $3.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Grant Program. Bangor International Airport received the largest share of funding at approximately $1.4 million. Grant funds will be used for a wide variety of projects aimed at improving airport infrastructure, safety, efficiency, and traveler experience.
May 23, 2014 - 7:27:35 AM
State Water Resources Bill with Michaud Priorities for Maine Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House voted to pass the bipartisan conference report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The legislation authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port, waterway, and flood control infrastructure needs. Congressman Mike Michaud successfully included a series of provisions for Maine's coastal communities, harbors, businesses and UMaine; and also co-sponsored the legislation.
May 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
State $58,000 in Safety Grants to Eddington & Denmark Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud announced today that the Eddington Fire Department and the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department are receiving nearly $58,000 in operations and safety grants. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $34,675 to Eddington and $23,228 to Denmark as part of its Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) Program.
May 15, 2014 - 9:35:35 AM
State Bangor and Princeton Airports $1 Million in Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Mike Michaud has announced that Bangor International Airport and Princeton Municipal Airport are set to receive nearly $1 million in Department of Transportation funding for facility improvements. The grants, which come from the Federal Aviation Administration
May 11, 2014 - 12:25:25 AM
State Michaud Visits New Balance Workers at Norridgewock Factory
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud met with New Balance employees today at one of the footwear company's Maine factories, in Norridgewock. Michaud's visit comes one week after he announced that the Department of Defense would ensure that all service members wear American-made athletic footwear, following years of advocacy from Michaud.
May 4, 2014 - 7:40:27 AM
State Senate Confirmation of Jon Levy for District Court Judge
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree are praising the successful confirmation of Jon Levy of Maine to serve as District Court Judge in the District of Maine. Levy, who was confirmed by a Senate vote, replaces the Honorable George Z. Singal, who has taken senior status.
May 2, 2014 - 8:22:33 AM
State Maine Communities Receive $280,000 in Economic Development Grants
WASHINGTON, DC -- A number of communities across Maine have received planning grants aimed at bolstering economic development and creating jobs across the region. The Economic Development Administration awarded $70,000 to each of the following organizations:
May 2, 2014 - 8:05:12 AM
State Female inmates graduate from Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy
AUGUSTA -- The Criminogenic Addiction Recovery Academy (CARA) graduated 12 more women who have learned to break the cycle of addiction and reform criminal behavior through this five-week intensive program. Based at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility (KCCF), CARA provides treatment to male and female inmates from areas throughout the state who have long-standing substance abuse issues with a high potential for recidivism, due to their co-occurring disorders and entrenched criminal thinking and lifestyle.
Apr 23, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM
State Funding for Maine Cold Case Homicide Unit
Congressman Mike Michaud is working with Attorney General Janet Mills to help secure federal funding for efforts to launch a homicide squad dedicating to investigating and solving the more than 100 cold cases in Maine. Michaud has long-supported state legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) that would establish a unit equipped to investigate cold cases. The legislation was inspired by the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenage girl.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:07:12 AM
State Time Running Out to Act on Unemployment Benefits
House leadership's refusal to act on legislation will leave thousands of Mainers without benefits for the rest of the month. Congressman Mike Michaud is continuing to urge Speaker John Boehner to take up an unemployment benefits extension package that passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this week. The legislation would bring relief to nearly 3 million unemployed Americans -- and 9,000 Mainers.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:13:06 AM
State House vote would provide relief to 9,000 Mainers
Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to bring to the House floor legislation that would extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of Americans - including 9,000 Mainers. Rep. Michaud sent a letter to Speaker Boehner early this morning following bipartisan passage of the extension through the U.S. Senate last night. Michaud also is co-sponsoring a House companion bill to the Senate-passed extension. Like the Senate version, the House bill Michaud supports would immediately extend emergency unemployment insurance for nearly three million Americans.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:05:22 AM
State Efforts to Deny Americans Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage
Congressman Mike Michaud has voted against H.R. 2575, legislation that would make it easier for employers to deny hardworking Americans healthcare coverage. The bill changes the definition of a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40 hours a week -- and in the process puts at risk the employee-sponsored health coverage of one million people, according to estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:07:28 AM
State Dan Rafter - New Communications Director for Rep. Michaud
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Dan Rafter to serve as his new Communications Director. Rafter replaces Ed Gilman who has joined the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rafter joins Michaud's office from the Human Rights Campaign, where he served as Associate Director of Communications.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:03:33 AM
State The 'Not Here' Conference on sex trafficking: Maine April 10
Stephanie Henry will be the 'keynote' address at the NOT HERE conference www.not-here.me on April 10th outside of Portland and Lewiston, Maine sharing her stories, her advice/warnings and power to make a difference. Henry's organization Activism for Empowerment is a supporter of the conference. Henry is also featured in a lifetime documentary about human trafficking, which will have its debut at the conference and similar conferences across the United States this Spring.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:07:30 AM
State National Emergency Grant for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- $256,696 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding has been provided to assist approximately 100 workers impacted by layoffs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, in Lincoln, Maine. "The Mainers laid-off from Lincoln Paper and Tissue are some of the hardest working men and women in the country. This emergency funding will help those affected by layoffs train for and find meaningful new employment," said Michaud. "My staff and I will continue to stand ready to assist these workers in any way possible."
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:43:30 AM
State Maine Law Enforcement Praise Introduction of Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to withdraw Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval of painkiller Zohydro ER. The legislation, An Act to Prohibit Zohydro, would also prohibit the FDA from approving any version of the drug that is not formulated to prevent abuse. The controversial new painkiller was approved by the FDA last year, despite warnings from its panel of experts that the drug would likely be abused.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:12:23 AM
State Atlantic Salmon Federation 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Freeport, Maine
St Andrews, N.B. - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will raise funding in March for important conservation and restoration work in Maine. A fundraising dinner that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle is scheduled for March 15 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The occasion will provide an opportunity to highlight some program successes such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM
State Telemedicine and Distance Learning Investments Announced for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- The USDA Rural Development has announced that a total of $687,782 in grants has been awarded to Maine for distance learning and telemedicine initiatives. The projects funded are designed to expand educational opportunities for Maine students and provide necessary equipment to monitor patients in rural areas.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM
State Maine to Receive $5.4 Million in LIHEAP
$5,411,630 in LIHEAP funding for Maine. This funding is provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which passed this month, and represents the funding available to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for LIHEAP for the second quarter of FY 2014. Michaud joined over 123 other members of Congress in sending the following letter to President Obama today urging him to include no less than $4.7 billion for LIHEAP in his fiscal year 2015 budget:
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:05:31 AM
State House Passes Farm Bill Critical to Maine Crops, Forests & Organic Farmers
Although the House passed the conference report, the Senate must also pass it before it's sent to President Obama for his signature. The bill funds critical programs that support organic research, marketing, and certification cost share programs that will make a real difference for Maine's organic farmers. The bill also makes a strong commitment to Maine's specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables such as potatoes and blueberries that are such a big part of Maine's agricultural economy.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:10:14 AM
State Michaud and Pingree Welcome New Rail Safety Recommendations
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree talked to a top federal safety official today about new recommendations to improve the safety of freight trains carrying ethanol and crude oil. After a conversation with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Deborah Hersman, Michaud and Pingree said the NTSB has recommended that railroads be required to create emergency response plans for worst case scenario accidents and that the rail lines be audited to make sure they are labeling shipments of crude oil correctly.
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM
State Funding for new school on Pleasant Point Indian Reservation
Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud said that the "omnibus" funding bill that passed the House this afternoon includes funding to build a new K-8 school on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Indian reservation to replace the Beatrice Rafferty School. The school is a U.S. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded school and serves approximately 125 students. There are 183 such schools around the country, mostly on Indian reservations.
Jan 16, 2014 - 2:05:04 AM