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Revenue Committee Forecasts Strong Conclusion to State's Fiscal Year

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:46:05 EST

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 02, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - The Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee (RFC) formally submitted their General Fund revenue forecast today to Governor Paul R. LePage and Maine Legislature. The forecast, which comes on the heels of a preliminary report issued earlier this week, is one of two required annually and was due no later than December 1, 2016. As part of their forecast, the RFC projects an increase in General Fund revenues of $34.2 million for the current fiscal year, an increase of 1 percent. The adjusted forecast is realized with revenues above the previous forecast from sales, individual income tax collections, and corporate income tax filings.

"Reducing the tax burden on Mainers continues to prove itself as a good policy decision. Despite cutting taxes for more than half a million Maine families, our structural gap has been reduced significantly, businesses investment and job creation continues and our revenues remain strong," said Governor LePage. "This proves that when you operate government in a business-like and effective manner, policymakers can focus on the issues that matter, such as welfare reform and economic development, rather than constantly scrambling to fill budget gaps."

"This is precisely what makes passage of Question 2 and Question 4 so frustrating," said the Governor. "Despite our success improving the economy and cutting taxes for Maine families, liberal special interest groups are fixated on returning Maine to its damaged past as a laboratory for socialist experiments that have failed in other states and countries."

The Committee also reduced the forecast for the 2018/19 biennium by $31.6 million, a decrease of 0.4 percent, anticipating a decline in automobile sales following more than five year of robust growth.

"The Great Recession resulted in Americans from all walks of life making dramatic changes to their individual finances," said Dr. Michael Allen, associate commissioner for tax policy. "As consumer confidence dipped, households began to limit their discretionary spending and large purchases. Mainers have been aggressive in replacing the automobiles they chose to retain during the recession. The Revenue Forecasting Committee expects that growth to slow in the coming years."

The RFC consists of the Associate Commissioner for Tax Policy, the State Budget Officer, the State Economist, an economist on the faculty of the University of Maine System selected by the chancellor, the Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review and another member of the Legislature's nonpartisan staff familiar with revenue estimating issues appointed by the Legislative Council.



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:32:27 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2016 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces December programs for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, December 6, 13 and 20 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Pre register at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, December 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 207-760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine CDC Offers Tips To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning This Winter

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:25:58 EST

AUGUSTA - With winter fast approaching, health officials of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Mainers to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. "More carbon monoxide poisonings happen in the winter than any other time in Maine, but we can all protect ourselves and our families by having our heating systems serviced each year, and making sure we have working carbon monoxide detectors in our homes," said Maine Department of Health and Human Services State Health Officer Dr. Christopher Pezzullo. In Maine, about 75 percent of all reported cases of carbon monoxide poisoning occur between November and March. Most of these poisonings are caused by home heating appliances that are not working properly or that have blocked vents. Anything that burns fuel, such as an oil or propane boiler or wood stove, produces carbon monoxide. When these appliances are not properly maintained or vented, carbon monoxide can quickly build up inside a home without anyone noticing. Carbon monoxide cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, and can be deadly. As of 2013, more than half (65%) of Maine homes had a carbon monoxide detector, indicating that many residents have already taken action to protect their families from carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable, gas-powered generators that many Maine residents use when the power goes out can also cause severe carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths when used improperly. One portable generator can produce as much carbon monoxide gas as 100 idling cars, and can increase the chance of getting carbon monoxide poisoning by 20 to 300-fold when run in a basement or garage. "Now is a great time to make a plan for using your generator so that you are prepared to use it safely during a storm," said Dr. Pezzullo. Anyone with a portable generator should have an extension cord long enough to make sure the generator can be run outside, at least 15 feet from windows or doors, and a plan for keeping the generator protected from rain, ice, and snow. Making a plan now can help residents avoid the temptation to run a generator inside a basement, garage or cellar bulkhead during a storm. "We are also highly concerned about people who leave motors running while they work on them in garages or in buildings. This is extremely dangerous, even if windows or doors are open," said Dr. Pezzullo. About one in eight carbon monoxide poisonings each year occur in garages, sheds or barns while people conduct engine repair or maintenance. While the best prevention is to keep carbon monoxide from ever building up in your home or other enclosed spaces, having an electric carbon monoxide detector with a battery backup near where people sleep can save lives and is especially important when heating your home. Facts about Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that can cause sickness, coma or death when it builds up in enclosed spaces. You can't see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. Signs of poisoning include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, but no fever. Carbon monoxide exposure results in more than 100 emergency department visits and between one and five deaths each year in Maine. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, health officials recommend the following: • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced every year. • Make sure appliance and heating exhaust vents are not blocked by snow after storms. • Use your generator outdoors in the fresh air. Make a plan so that you can run your generator at least 15 feet from windows or doors and keep it protected from rain, ice, and snow. • Make sure you have a CO detector that runs on your home's power and has a battery back up near where people sleep. Check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. You can buy a detector at most hardware stores or stores that sell smoke detectors. By law, all rental units must have a CO detector. Talk to your landlord if you don't[...]



Attorney General's statement regarding Legislative Council approval of construction within the Capitol Area

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:18:31 EST

Attorney General Janet T. Mills issued the following statement regarding the statutory requirement for the Legislative Council to approve construction of state buildings within the Capitol Area, which includes the Riverview campus and a proposed new forensic facility:

"There certainly is no new interpretation on the part of the Attorney General's Office. The fact that the administration has ignored the plain language of the statute in the past does not excuse their ignoring the rightful oversight of the legislative branch in major projects of this sort that have potentially great financial implications to the taxpayers. The Attorney General's Office learned about the plan to initiate this new construction in the Capitol Planning Area only after the department announced it to the press. We quickly reminded the Bureau of General Services and the Department of Health and Human Services of this statute."

5 MRS §304 states that no construction projects for the development of state buildings may be initiated in the Capitol Area without the approval of the Legislative Council, the Bureau of General Services and the Capitol Area Planning Commission.

Link to Statute: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/5/title5sec304.html ###




Expansion of Search for Invasive Forest Pests Announced

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:04:59 EST

*Outreach will encompass all 16 Maine Counties in effort to combat growing threat posed by invasive insects*

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) announced two awards that will expand outreach to all 16 Maine counties in an effort to address the growing threat from invasive forest pests. The Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee and the Saco River Recreational Council received continued funding ($35,000 and $5,000, respectively) for their efforts to provide outreach and education to engage citizens in helping protect Maine forests.

"Early detection of invasive pests such as Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, winter moth and others are crucial in protecting the forest products and forest recreation industries in a state that is 90% forested," said DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. "Once these insects have established a foothold in other states, they become difficult if not impossible to eradicate. By working in partnership with soil and water conservation districts in all 16 counties and community partners along the Saco River, we can better protect our forest resources and economies."

Early detection of invasive forest pets can be accomplished through outreach and education efforts. This not only reduces the costs and resources needed for a management response, but also increases the chances of eradication success.

The DACF has been conducting outreach and education since 2009 with funding provided by the Farm Bill Section 10007. The Maine Association of Conservation Districts Employees Committee, in partnership with 12 county conservation districts in Southern and Central Maine, and the Saco River Recreational Council were both awarded funding under a competitive Request for Proposal issued by the DACF in 2015. This year's awards continue the outreach provided by these organizations, expanding outreach to all 16 counties in Maine.

"The outreach and education that are being contributed by these two conservation organizations will enhance the Department's existing efforts resulting in increased public understanding of the economic and environmental threats associated with invasive forest pests," said Karen Coluzzi, DACF State Pest Survey Coordinator. "The awards increase support for management and mitigation efforts, and increase reporting of potential pest sightings to federal or state authorities. The threat of invasive forest species requires continued vigilance, education and awareness of the general public to safeguard this significant state resource."

For more information on invasive forest pest outreach and education in Maine, contact Karen Coluzzi at the DACF Division of Animal and Plant Health at Karen.L.Coluzzi@Maine.Gov or at (207) 287-7551.

To read more about the Department's efforts to address forest invasive pests, access the annual accomplishment reports at http://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/ALB/AnnualReports.shtml .

For more information on the Department's Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project, read a synopsis at http://www.umaine.edu/invasivespecies/2012/05/14/fpos/.

This material is made possible through a grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and is funded in part by a Cooperative Agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The USDA and the DACF are equal opportunity providers and employers.




Governor Urges Legislature to Consider Consequences of Referendum Questions

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:36:48 EST

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage wrote the following letter to Legislative Leadership and members of the 128th Legislature: (Link to letter is below.)To Legislative Leadership and members of the 128th Legislature: I urge you to lessen the impact of two referendum questions approved by the voters that will cause significant economic harm to restaurant workers, small businesses, successful people and our elderly. Question 2 will increase the income tax to 10.15% on successful Maine households and small businesses, supposedly to boost funding for education, and Question 4 will increase the minimum wage in such a way that it will devastate the restaurant industry, put local shops out of business and push 325,000 elderly Mainers deeper into poverty. Increasing the income tax to the second highest in the nation could actually do the opposite of what the question proposed. Question 2 sought to raise more money for education by slapping successful Maine households with an extra 3% income tax, but this could result in less money for education. Punishing Maine people and small businesses by increasing their income tax by 42% will drive them out of our state and prevent badly needed professionals, such as doctors, dentists, engineers and scientists, from coming here. No one wants to come to a state that will confiscate over 10 percent of their earnings, especially when other states, such as our next-door neighbor New Hampshire, take none. Successful people and small business owners already pay a significant amount of property tax, income tax, excise tax, sales tax, payroll taxes and other taxes and fees. If they go out of business or leave the state and take their income with them, this will create even less revenue for schools and municipalities. Maine needs more population, and we need more trained professionals. Taking a bigger share out of their hard-earned paychecks is not the way to do it. We may as well put up a big sign in Kittery that says: "Welcome to Maine: We'll Tax the Heck Out of You!" As drafted, the minimum wage law is fraught with unintended consequences that will create significant hardship for restaurant workers, small businesses and the elderly. As labor costs rise so rapidly, small businesses will have to absorb the extra expense by laying off workers and raising prices. As the price of everyday staples, such as milk, bread, eggs and coffee, and essential services, like snow plowing, roof repairs and furnace maintenance, increase to cover the higher labor costs, the elderly will be left out in the cold. Low-skilled and entry-level workers will get a $4-an-hour increase in pay, but those on Social Security will get an average increase of just $4 a month in their checks. This fixed income is not enough to cover the inflationary effect on prices this new law will have. As they must spend more of their limited income on higher prices, our elderly will be pushed even deeper into poverty. Restaurant owners say they will have to raise menu prices to cover the new labor costs. Even worse, with the elimination of the tip credit, servers will see their pay slashed by half or more. Servers who now make $25 to $30 an hour will see their income plummet to $12 an hour with little or no tips. Automatically increasing the minimum wage each year with no regard to how the state or national economy is doing could decimate small businesses in Maine. Your local corner store, favorite restaurant or longtime hairdresser cannot handle automatic wage increases when the economy is in a downturn. Although we all agree an increase in the minimum wage is acceptable, most Mainers did not understand the specifics of the referendum question they approved. Had Mainers known it would hurt waitresses, 325,000 elderly and their neighbors who own a small business, they most likely would have rejected i[...]



Secretary Dunlap announces recounts for referendum questions 1, 2

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:23:52 EST

AUGUSTA - Recounts have been scheduled for referendum Question 1 and Question 2, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced Tuesday.

The Question 2 recount is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Florian Room of the Maine Department of Public Safety Building, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta. It will then be conducted concurrently with the Question 1 recount, beginning Monday, Dec. 5.

  • Question 1 would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 years of age or older. Official election night results show a difference of 4,073 votes between the Yes and No vote.

  • Question 2 would institute a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to go toward education expenses. Official election night results show a difference of 9,580 votes between the Yes and No votes.


Recounts are a public proceeding. A statewide referendum recount is expected to take up to six weeks. In a recount, the representatives of each side of the issue manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally, overseen by the staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State.

Results of the recount will be posted on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/ and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MaineSOS/?ref=hl and released to the media via email. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recount and keep them in a secure State Police facility until the recount has been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.

Link to press release: http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2016/recountq1q2.html



December Programs for Job Seekers and Employers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:11:37 EST

For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces December programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, December 7, Noon to 3 p.m.**Employers will be available to accept resumes, interview, provide listings of open positions, information on training resources, and answer question on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.A list of employers from Cumberland and York Counties will be found online at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml .**Veterans Career Connection and Collaboration Council: Friday, December 2, 9 to 11 a.m.**Are you a Veteran looking for work? Come join the Portland Job Search Group run by Veterans for Veterans. You will be able to meet, network, and share best practices with fellow Veteran job seekers. A Veteran CareeerCenter Consultant and a panel of Veteran professionals will be able to discuss job search issues and other issues that you feel are creating a barrier to your successful employment.Pre-registration by emailing allen.blackstone@maine.gov is suggested but not required.**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, December 2 and 16, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers.Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop: December 5, 6, 12 and 13**This extensive and informative workshop is offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. VR clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesday, December 6 and 20, 1 to 4 p.m.**Topics include assessing individual abilities interests and skills, discovering the unadvertised job market, cover letter tips, job search strategies, and other resources for job seekers. This workshop is targeted to both first-time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search.Pre-registration is necessary. Contact the Reception Desk at 822-3300 to register.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Every Tuesday in December by Appointment Only**You will discuss college and trade schools in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues, admission issues and financial aid. Bring your 2015 Federal Tax Return and your High School or GED Transcripts (if available). Please contact Randi Paine at 1-800-281-3703, to register.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every T[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:19:13 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009LEWISTON - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.**Job Fair - Monday, December 5, 10 a.m. to Noon**More than 30 employers, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation; and dress to impress!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Must be able to type your own resume.**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, December 6, 9:00 a.m. to noon and Friday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career & training steps to achieve career goals.**Job Search Skills/ Criminal History - Wednesday, December 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**The first hour, open to everyone, will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others-it's all about marketing yourself! The second hour will be for those with a criminal history and will focus on how to sell your skills rather than your background, tips on answering difficult questions, and ideas to encourage employers to give you a chance.**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop, Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m. to noon**This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 9 to 11 a.m.**How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand; if other language interpreters are needed, request by December 5.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, December 15, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**Orientation for people with disabilities - Wednesday, December 28, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also wel[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:51:13 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, December 5, 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, December 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check the web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, December 20, 9 a.m. to noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call today to reserve a seat.**Employer Recruitments for December at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.****CoWorx, and MASIS -** Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5 and 12.Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring 2 valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in September:**Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 207-571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.**New Ventures Maine -** Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and communities. We help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers,[...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:41:31 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Tuesday, December 6, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m**Introduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Thursday, December 8, 9 a.m to noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Effective Interviewing Skills - Thursday, December 15, 9 a.m. to noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, December 22, 9 a.m. to noon**Designed to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday mornings**Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.**Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call their Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. [...]



December Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:12:55 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2016 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. "As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m to noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. **Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together - Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop - Wednesday, December 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Effective Job Interviewing Workshop - Wednesday, December 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp - Individual sessions held daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All sessions are by appointment only.**Basic Instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).**The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:****Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Tuesdays, December 6 and 20**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, December 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.**Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a succ[...]



Report of the Attorney General on the Use of Deadly Force by Westbrook Police Officer on April 2, 2016 in Westbrook

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:14:24 EST

##SynopsisIn the early morning of Saturday, April 2, 2016, Westbrook police officer Benjamin Hall shot and wounded Sean Grossman, 26, outside Mr. Grossman's residence in Westbrook. ##DiscussionThe Attorney General has exclusive responsibility for the direction and control of any criminal investigation of a law enforcement officer, who, while acting in the performance of the officer's duties, uses deadly force. [1] The detectives in the Office of the Attorney General who investigate these incidents are independent of and unaffiliated with any other law enforcement agency. The purpose of the criminal investigation of the incident in Westbrook on April 2, 2016, which resulted in Officer Hall shooting Mr. Grossman, was to determine whether the facts reasonably generated a case of self-defense, including the defense of others, so as to preclude criminal prosecution of Officer Hall. Any such prosecution would require the State to disprove self-defense or the defense of others beyond a reasonable doubt. The investigation did not include an analysis of whether any personnel action might be warranted, of whether the use of deadly force could have been averted, or of whether there might be civil liability. Indeed, state law provides that conduct determined to be permissible under the Criminal Code does not abolish or impair any other remedy available under the law.There are two requirements with which any person, including a law enforcement officer, must comply in order to legally use deadly force in self-defense or in defense of a third party. First, the person must actually and reasonably believe that deadly force is imminently threatened against the person or against someone else; and, second, the person must actually and reasonably believe that deadly force is necessary to counter that imminent threat. Whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer is reasonable must be based on the totality of the particular circumstances and must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, allowing for the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second decisions about the amount of force necessary in a given situation. The legal analysis requires careful attention to the facts and circumstances of each case, including the severity of the crime threatened or committed and whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of others.##Facts and CircumstancesShortly before 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016, a woman in Westbrook called 911 and reported that her son - later identified as Sean Grossman, 26 - had a gun [2], was threatening to kill himself, and had left the residence in his car looking for his girlfriend. Sometime earlier, the girlfriend fled from him on foot. [3] Detective Daniel Violette [4] went to the residence while other officers searched the area for Mr. Grossman. Mr. Grossman's mother told Detective Violette that she thought that Mr. Grossman had discharged two or three rounds from his gun within the residence while she was outside. [5] Contemporaneous with Detective Violette's arrival at the residence, Westbrook police officers Benjamin Hall and Julian Kingsley observed Mr. Grossman's vehicle and pursued it back to the residence. Arriving back at the residence, Mr. Grossman ran from his vehicle, gun in hand, and encountered Detective Violette on an outside deck leading to the mother's residence. His own gun drawn, Detective Violette ordered Mr. Grossman to drop his gun as Mr. Grossman rushed at him. Mr. Grossman told Detective Violette to shoot him while he pointed his gun at his own head. Detective Violette grabbed the wrist of Mr. Grossman's gun hand in an attempt to direct the gun away from Mr. Grossman's head and [...]



Governor Announces Acting Commissioner Hasson to Department of Education

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:54 EST

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Dr. Robert Hasson is appointed the Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, effectively November 24, 2016.

Supportive of the transition, Dr. William Beardsley will continue serving at the Department of Education in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner, "Dr. Hasson is an exceptional colleague and friend, and I cannot think of a better person to serve in the capacity of Acting Commissioner. It is the top priority for the administration that the needs of Maine's students are served well by the Maine Department of Education, and as such he and I will work closely together to ensure continuity and stable leadership at the Department," said Beardsley.

Dr. Hasson currently oversees certification, higher education, and educator effectiveness for the Maine DOE. He earned his doctorate at Boston College, is a Maine native, a former Maine superintendent, and is intimately familiar with the public education landscape in Maine and the issues related to school funding, student achievement, teaching and learning.

A Department employee may only hold the role of Acting Commissioner for six months, according to state statute. Dr. Hasson will replace Debra Plowman, who has been in the position since May. Transition paperwork is filed with the Maine Secretary of State's Office.



AG Mills shares safe shopping tips for families

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:08:52 EST

AUGUSTA - Attorney General Janet T. Mills is sharing information and resources to ensure that the brightly wrapped gifts exchanged this holiday season contain no unwanted surprises and so families can set ground rules for the proper and safe enjoyment of digital devices year-round."There is nothing like seeing the joy of a child opening a gift," said Attorney General Mills. "If that gift is a digital device, parents should be thinking now about how that gift should be used in the months to come. Ask yourself if your child should have 24/7 access to the internet. Establish clear, consistent rules for the use of these devices in your home. Review with your child what information they can share on social media and reinforce how quickly ‘private' information and photos become public. Remind them that the ‘golden rule' also applies to their online behavior - they need to treat others with respect online."Once families decide to purchase a gaming device, tablet, computer or smart phone, it can be difficult for parents to keep up with the rapidly evolving array of games, websites and apps that appeal to young people. Parents should review and monitor what sites and apps their child uses to ensure they are age appropriate. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB.org), a non-profit, self-regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings for video games and mobile apps, offers many helpful tips for parents; one of the most important of which is to activate parental control settings. Depending on the device or digital storefront, these settings can block certain features such as in-game purchases, access to the internet and location tracking. Step-by-step guides on ESRB.org help parents set controls on video game consoles, handhelds and personal computers based on the ESRB rating. Also ask your local retailer about any tips they recommend."Holiday shopping can be a confusing time for parents with the ever-changing array of new technology for our young people. We thank General Mills for educating Mainers on the tools that are available for parents to help make smart choices," stated Curtis Picard, executive director of the Retail Association of Maine.Many websites can help parents and children learn about the most appropriate games and coach smart online behaviors. • OnGuardOnline.gov offers tips to be responsible online. • ESRB.org assigns age and content ratings for games and mobile apps with information to help parents strike the right balance for kids between time spent with electronics and time spent with family, school work, extracurricular activities and other interests. • CommonSenseMedia.org reviews apps, beyond the ESRB ratings, to help determine if the app is right for your child. • NetSmartzKids.org has tips about sharing information online and how to prevent cyberbullying. The American Academy of Pediatrics has established some guidelines for parents in dealing with appropriate limits on screen time and access to media. "People should also consider the safety and age-appropriateness of traditional gift items for children," said Attorney General Mills. "Most toys have a recommended age on the package because they may contain small parts that could choke small children. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a website with recalled children's products - everything from cribs and car seats to pajamas and toys. It pays to be aware of items that have high lead levels or other hidden dangers."The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC.gov) offers three pieces of advice to holiday shoppers: 1. Choose age appropriate toys by reading the age label on the toy. For children younger than 3, avoid toys with small[...]