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Maine Currents 2/13/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor/Engineer: John Greenman

Does General Dynamics Need $60 Million From the Pockets of Maine Taxpayers?

The Maine legislature is considering a proposal to give a huge tax break to a military contractor. At the request of BIW, Representative Jennifer DeChant, a Democrat from Bath is sponsoring LD1781, “An Act To Encourage New Major Investments in Shipbuilding Facilities and the Preservation of Jobs”. In introducing the bill she testified that it would provide tax incentives to keep BIW competitive in its marketplace and retain a large number of quality jobs in the state. The bill has several cosponsors from both parties, but it also has drawn harsh criticism from those who see it as corporate welfare that BIW’s parent company, General Dynamics, certainly doesn’t need from the pockets of Mainers. A public hearing for the bill was held before the legislature’s Committee on Taxation a few weeks ago. We’re going to start today listening to clips from that public hearing, recorded by documentary filmmaker Regis Tremblay, and then he and activist Bruce Gagnon will be joining us for an update on where things stand now.

FMI:
thebollard.com/2018/02/06/ship-of-fools/
nunesweekly.com/2018/02/09/maine-state-rep-jennifer-dechant-sought-corporate-talking-points-to-counter-activists/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1DP7YYS2b0&feature=em-subs_digest
www.facebook.com/space4peace/videos/10156020240713608/

Maine Currents 2/6/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributor/Engineer: John Greenman

Segment 1: Immigrant’s Rights Rally at Bangor Bus Station
Segment 2: CMP Draws Complaints Over Billing Increases & Storm Response

Several Mainers braved the bitter cold on Saturday to attend a rally in Bangor calling attention to recent reports of Border agents asking bus passengers in Bangor where they were born, the possible upcoming deportation of a Waterville resident, and DACA recipients in Maine. (Recorded by John Greenman)

A large number of customers are taking to social media to complain that their Central Maine Power (CMP) bills doubled or tripled in January. Jennifer Gamage of Dixmont joins us to tell her story, and we hear the response from CMP and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). In addition, representatives from several rural towns complained today to the state legislature’s Energy, Utilities and Technology committee about CMP’s response following the October wind storm.

Maine Currents 1/30/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Forum: Congressional District 2 Democrats, Part 2 of 2

Candidates vying to be the Democratic challenger running against Bruce Poliquin in Congressional District 2 later this year drew a standing room only crowd at a forum in Belfast on Sunday, January 21st. The event was sponsored by the Belfast , MidCoast and Head of the Tide Indivisible groups and the Waldo County Chapter of Maine AllCare. The 5 candidates answered questions on topics ranging from indigenous rights to campaign financing to universal healthcare. Today we take you there. (Part 2 of 2)

Maine Currents 1/23/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Forum: Congressional District 2 Democrats

Candidates vying to be the Democratic challenger running against Bruce Poliquin in Congressional District 2 later this year drew a standing room only crowd at a forum in Belfast on Sunday, January 21st. The event was sponsored by the Belfast , MidCoast and Head of the Tide Indivisible groups and the Waldo County Chapter of Maine AllCare. The 5 candidates answered questions on topics ranging from indigenous rights to campaign financing to universal healthcare. Today we take you there. (Part 2 will air on Tuesday, 1/30/18 at 4pm)

Maine Currents 1/16/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Back to the Legislative Drawing Board on Marijuana Legalization in Maine

As the state legislature returns for the January session, one of the things they are working on is setting up the rules that will govern legalized recreational marijuana in the state. After several months of bipartisan work, their last attempt was vetoed by the Governor and the legislature failed to overturn the veto. So despite Mainers voting in support of legalization in 2016, the committee is going into 2018 still trying to craft a package of rules that LePage will sign – or that will at least garner enough votes to override his next veto. This is complicated by the recent announcement by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding the 2013 Cole memo which had indicated that the federal government would in most cases not be focusing on enforcing marijuana laws. So the Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation held a public hearing on the latest proposed regulations, LD 1719 “An Act To Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana” last week. The public packed the meeting room and overflowed into an adjoining room, and testimony lasted for several hours. Today we bring you some key excerpts.

FMI: legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280067229

Maine Currents 1/9/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

The 6th Annual Unity Rally at the Statehouse

For the last 6 years Maine legislators returning for the January session have been greeted at the Statehouse by the Alliance for the Common Good. Their annual Unity Rally brings together a wide range of groups and individuals who want to make sure the issues they are working on in the state are not forgotten. Today on Maine Currents we’ll bring you to this year’s rally, which was held on January 3rd. Due to time limitations we can’t bring you all of the speakers on Maine Currents today, but a video of the entire rally can be viewed on the WERU facebook page: facebook.com/werufm/videos/10155392663367987/

Maine Currents 12/19/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: John Greenman & Matt Murphy

Democrats Eyeing Poliquin’s Congressional Seat Meet with Voters (Part 2 of 2)

Four of the Democratic challengers for Bruce Poliquin’s CD2 congressional seat were in Orland last week speaking on a panel organized by the Maine Common Good Coalition. Jonathan Fulford, Jared Golden, Tim Rich and Lucas St. Clair took questions from a packed audience for close to 2 hours. A 5th candidate, Craig Olson, was unable to attend due to illness.

Note: Part 1 is now available on the Maine Currents archives at weru.org


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Maine Currents 12/12/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: John Greenman & Matt Murphy

Democrats Eyeing Poliquin’s Congressional Seat Meet with Voters (Part 1 of 2)

Four of the Democratic challengers for Bruce Poliquin’s CD2 congressional seat were in Orland last week speaking on a panel organized by the Maine Common Good Coalition. Jonathan Fulford, Jared Golden, Tim Rich and Lucas St. Clair took questions from a packed audience for close to 2 hours. A 5th candidate, Craig Olson, was unable to attend due to illness. We’ll bring you part 2 on Maine Currents next week, Tuesday 12/19 at 4pm


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, Tuesdays at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org