In this week's Phoenix, out tomorrow, Lance Tapley talks to state senator Justin Alfond about several troubling pieces of legislation still up for debate in Augusta (there are just two weeks left until the end of the legislative session).
One of those is LD 1853, An Act To Improve Environmental Oversight and Streamline Permitting for Mining in Maine, which would change the state's mining laws, making them more lenient.
For those who want state officials to study stuff that's wrong with the state, we here at the Phoenix have been trying to save you the trouble.
For example, a "news story" (by my good friend and fellow SPJ member Mal Leary) "reveals" today that state tax breaks exceed state spending on programs.
Awesome scoop - that we had in February 2008, in our cover story, "Tax Break Heaven
You may have heard this morning about a woman who tried to jump off the Casco Bay Bridge twice in 24 hours over the weekend - she was rescued by police both times.
What news reports are missing so far are the indications that the Baldacci administration's policies will only lead to more such human tragedies.
Among the $63 million in cuts Baldacci has proposed in his latest round of panicked budget-slashing nearly $2.