Headlines 6/14/17

One LA Q & A
One LA, the campaign in favor of merging Lewiston and Auburn, will take questions from the public during a Facebook live event tonight Wednesday, June 14. To join the One LA Facebook live event, go to: www.facebook.com/OneLewistonAuburn between 6:30-7:30 pm.Campaign co-chairs will take questions and more questions and answers will be posted on the event page.

The Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council has announced its Maine B2B Trade Show is returning on Thursday June 15th from 9am-4pm. The Maine B2B features over 150 exhibiting companies from across the state of Maine and beyond, and has been well known as a venue to connect with potential clients and make business connections.

Gov. LePage is asking the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations on Tuesday to begin the process of banning the sale of miniature bottles of liquor known as “nips.” LePage vowed to seek the ban if the Legislature approved a nickel deposit on the bottles over his opposition. It did. The bureau plans a July 11 hearing to determine whether it should go along with the governor’s request to “de-list” the 50-milliliter bottles for sale in Maine, a move that may affect the jobs of some of the 130 workers at a plant in Lewiston that bottles the most popular brand sold in the state.

School Budgets
Voters passing school budgets last night in Lisbon, Regional School Units 4 and 5, Voters in Poland, Minot and Mechanic Falls approved the Regional School Unit 16 budget, alongwith the School Administrative District 15, too. Then, Adam Lee was elected to the City Council Ward 4 seat. The ward includes the neighborhoods of Fairview and Sherwood Heights elementary schools. Lee, who served on the council from 2013-15, ran unopposed.

The Maine Senate unanimously opted Tuesday to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a measure that would let educators extend truancy enforcement rules to 5- and 6-year-olds enrolled in public school. The bill was introduced by Sen. Nate Libby of Lewiston. LePage says a better answer to truancy should be to make schools so inspiring and exciting that students want to show up for class. He says the proposal sponsored by Sen. Nate Libby, of Lewiston, instead “promotes punitive action that risks stigmatizing students and their families, all through an approach that has no proven results.”

Rosen resigns
Maine finance chief Richard Rosen resigned on Tuesday, surprising key legislators as they were making a final push to finalize a two-year budget with barely a week to go in the legislative session. Rosen, a former legislator from Bucksport, was named commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services in 2015 after stints as a deputy commissioner in the budget department and directing Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s policy office.

Lifeguards Needed
As summer approaches, officials in Maine are looking for a way to deal with a shortage of lifeguards. WGME-TV reports the state is short about 15 guards. The state says most of the openings are in Cumberland County at Crescent Beach and Sebago. The amusement park Splashtown plans to hire international students through the J-1 visa program to address their staffing problem. Splashtown also bought housing in Saco to accommodate lifeguards. State officials say although lifeguards are needed, there are no safety concerns this season.

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