Governor LePage Appoints Richard Rosen as Acting Finance Commissioner
AUGUSTA — Governor Paul R. LePage announced the appointment of the Honorable Richard W. Rosen as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) effective June 1, 2014. Current DAFS Commissioner H. Sawin Millett, Jr. will retire on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
“I am pleased to appoint Richard Rosen as acting commissioner,” said Govenor LePage. “Richard has served the people of Maine well in every position he has held. While there are big shoes to fill with the retirement of Sawin Millett, I am confident DAFS is in very capable hands.”
Rosen, a native of Bucksport, joined the Department in February as Deputy Commissioner of Finance. He takes the helm of the Department with extensive legislative expertise in budget, tax, energy, and health and human services.
Prior to joining DAFS, Rosen served as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management. During the 125th Legislature, he served as the Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. He served as a senator from Senate District 31 for four terms and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for three terms.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Governor LePage and the talented team at DAFS. Commissioner Millett has put together a remarkable team of individuals that will ensure a smooth transition,” said Deputy Commissioner Rosen. “DAFS will continue to be a proactive and innovative service organization that provides leadership and accountability to executive branch departments.”
In addition to his public service, Rosen owned and operated Rosen’s, a department store located in Bucksport, with his wife, Kimberley, for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and serves on the boards of the Retail Association of Maine, Bucksport Regional Health Center, Acadia Hospital and Northeast Historic Film.
Bangor Daily News: Maine transportation commissioner OKs higher speed limits on select stretches of interstate system
AUGUSTA, Maine — Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt announced Tuesday that he has approved raising speed limits on portions of the state’s interstate highways, including Interstate 295, Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and Route 1, by five miles per hour.
Motorists traveling on those routes Tuesday might have already noticed Department of Transportation crews posting signs reflecting the new speed limits. Bernhardt said during a news conference Tuesday in Augusta that he decided to raise the speed limits after a study of crash statistics and the speeds most travelers are already driving.
“It’s much safer if the operating speed and the posted speed are the same,” said Bernhardt.
Under the changes, the speed limit on Interstate 295 from Tukey’s Bridge in Portland all the way to Gardiner has increased from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The limit on the Scarborough Connector will go from 55 to 60 miles per hour and Interstate 195 in the Saco area will go from 55 to 60 miles per hour.
The top speed on a four-lane, divided portion of Route 1 between Brunswick and Bath has also been raised, from 55 to 60 miles per hour.
Most Maine State offices will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be parades and other events all over the State to honor those who gave their lives while serving in the Armed Forces. For a list of some of the Memorial Day activities in your area, please visit the links below. Please note there are some duplicate listings in these links.
Maine Unemployment Rate 5.7 Percent in April
State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette has released April workforce estimates for Maine.
The unemployment rate was the lowest since September 2008 and the employment to population ratio remained the highest since November 2008.
Over the last year, job growth was spread across a number of sectors. Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate estimate was 5.7 percent in April, down from 5.9 percent in March and 6.8 percent one year ago.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the number of unemployed declined 7,400 over the year to 40,500. The share of the population that is employed remained at 61.8 percent, well above the U.S. average of 58.9 percent. April was the 79th consecutive month the employment to population ratio was above the national average.