The governor will present the 2010-11 biennial budget to the Legislature on Jan. 9. The budget must account for a projected shortfall of $838 million. The governor has pledged that there will be no tax increases in his proposal for the biennial budget.
The complete Supplemental Budget is available online at www.maine.gov/budget/.
Maine Joins Educational Consortium, Drops MEA
The governor announced that Maine will join a regional educational consortium with New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont in a regional attempt to redefine the concept of high school, all while sharing ideas for boosting high school graduation rates and enrolling more students in college.
The project is being funded by a number of private grants, including from the Nellie Mae Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The announcement follows the recent decision to drop the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) test for a regional standardized test.
The Great Schools Partnership, based at the Mitchell Institute at the University of Southern Maine, will coordinate the regional collaborative. The four states will review education policies, graduation requirements, and programs already in place.
The system is easy to use and has recently been upgraded with new features. License buyers will need to have available their personal information, such as first and last name, address, date of birth, and other pertinent information. Also, they’ll need their previous hunting license number or safety course number (if you are purchasing a hunting authority) and a credit card number. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit and debit cards are accepted.
Any resident or non-resident sportsperson looking to hunt or fish in Maine can use MOSES. This online service is not available for individuals that need to obtain a complimentary, lifetime, or military license or those from countries other than the United States or Canada.
State Rep. Jonathan McKane represents Edgecomb, Newcastle, Damariscotta, Bristol, South Bristol and Monhegan Plantation, and encourages constituents to send thoughts, ideas, questions and opinions. Contact Rep. McKane for more information on this or any other issue at 563-5427 or by email at Jon@JonMcKane.com.