In the Arena
Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau and Justin Alfond went "In the Arena" on WCSH TV. Bonds, balancing the budget, and Medicaid expansion were among the topics discussed.
Senator Susan Collins Visits Maine Legislature
U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) paid a visit to the Maine State House today where she addressed a joint caucus of the Maine Senate and House of Representatives. Senators Collins made a brief speech about what was happening in Washington before taking a few questions from legislators.
Senator Roger Katz and Former House Speaker Hannah Pingree will Talk Issues on new Television Program
“Pingree and Katz – The Maine Event” will Air Statewide
AUGUSTA – Former Democratic House Speaker Hannah Pingree and Republican State Senator Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) have announced the launch of a new weekly statewide television program that will focus on political and public policy issues important to all of Maine. "Pingree and Katz – the Maine Event" will air throughout the state on Time Warner Cable. Exploring such varied subjects as welfare reform, the legalization of marijuana, and gun control from the Republican and Democratic perspective, Speaker Pingree and Senator Katz will bring together Maine’s most interesting guests to debate the issues of the day in a lively back and forth format. At the end of each show, Maine humorist Gary Crocker will give his own unique take from his “home” in West Gardiner.
“Pingree and Katz” will air Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Time Warner Channel 9 and will be repeated several other times during the week. Check local listings for additional air dates. Additionally, the show may be streamed online by accessing the show’s Facebook page, at facebook.com/pingreeandkatzthemaineevent.
On their debut show beginning Feb. 11, 2014 Hannah and Roger debate the legalization of marijuana. Guests include Senator David Burns and Dr. Jeff Barkin advocating against legalization, and Representative Diane Russell and David Boyer making the case for it.
Sponsors of the program include the Maine Credit Union League, MacDonald Page and LogistiCare.
The show is produced by Andy Collar at Digital Spirit Media 557-9022.
The article below appeared in the February 6, 2014 edition of the Bangor Daily News
Maine Employers Can Expect Nearly 8 Percent Reduction in Workers' Comp Rate, Largest Since 1998
By Whit Richardson
AUGUSTA, Maine — Employers in Maine are expected to save $15.2 million on workers’ compensation insurance this coming year, thanks in part to a reduction in on-the-job injuries and the ability of the state workers’ comp board to control medical costs.
The Maine Bureau of Insurance on Thursday received a recommendation to decrease workers’ compensation rates by an average 7.7 percent, according to the report, which was obtained by the Bangor Daily News.
Eric Cioppa, superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance, called the proposed decrease “very good news.”
“Most states, it’s my understanding, are not seeing decreases,” he said.
The recommendation comes from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, which is a rating advisory organization that tracks and analyzes workers’ comp insurance rates for several states, including Maine.
The rate reduction would save Maine employers who buy workers’ comp insurance on the commercial market a total of $15.2 million, according to calculations performed by the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Large employers that are self-insured, such as Eastern Maine Medical Center and Bath Iron Works, would not be affected by this rate decrease.