UPDATED: Wednesday Tidbits

Posted on February 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

10 am UPDATE: PPH reporting that Mitt Romney is coming to Maine Friday (Portland; 6pm rally); Ron Paul as well.

Gerald is on the road this morning, heading for the Governor’s news conference in Skowhegan. As a reminder, it is being reported that he will introduce a bill that would remove the existing prohibition against the use public tuition dollars for religious schools.

So looking at the ticker in his absence… here’s what has caught my eye today.

The Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee finally agreed upon a supplemental budget very early this morning:

“We had to pass this budget to keep the lights on, make sure seniors get their medicine, and ensure nurses and health workers continue to get paid,” said Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, the ranking House Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, said in a statement to the press. “We had few choices to resolve the immediate budget problem.”

Some of the details:

  • The agreement caps funding for non-categoricals at $40 million. It maintains the cap by freezing enrollment and through natural attrition of participants from the program.
  • Recipients of the public health insurance must earn at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $10,890 a year for one person.
  • Changes to the parents of children on MaineCare will not occur until October 1, 2012 at which point the eligibility threshold is reduced to 133% of poverty level, aligning Maine with provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

    The remaining $80 million shortfall will be addressed separately and a vote on this morning’s agreement could come as early as next week. No word yet from the Governor’s office in reaction.

    This weekend’s NYT story of a Dixfield oil company’s struggles to help customers in need has generated over $100,000 in donations.

    2 national stories for consideration: Former PA Senator Rick Santorum swept Tuesday’s GOP caucuses in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Turnout in all 3 states was reported to be quite low. ABC noted that exactly 4 years ago, Mitt Ronmey announced that he was dropping out of the 2008 GOP presidential primary.

    Sidenote: Newt Gingrich told Wolf Blitzer recently that, “Most people agree I won 15 out of 17 debates, tied one and lost one.” Yet he placed 3rd in Colorado and dead last in both Minnesota and Missouri.

    Yesterday’s Prop 8 decision is California may not be heading for the Supreme Court.

    Bonus: Name the movie from today’s featured image! An open thread.

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