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Secretary Dunlap announces ballot order of referendum questions

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:36:31 EDT

AUGUSTA - The ballot order of the two citizens' initiative questions that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Referendum Election ballot is now finalized.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap determined the ballot order of these citizens' initiative questions by a random drawing Wednesday afternoon, which was open to the public.

Below is the order of the initiatives:

QUESTION 1: An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County

QUESTION 2: An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care

The full text of each proposed bill is available on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions' website, on the Upcoming Elections page at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html . Secretary Dunlap will finalize the ballot question wording for the citizens' initiatives after reviewing public comments, which are being accepted through Sept. 1.

In addition to the citizens' initiatives, voters will also decide on one bond issue and one constitutional amendment on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot:

QUESTION 3: "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities and Upgrade Municipal Culverts" http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280065098

QUESTION 4: "RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce Volatility in State Pension Funding Requirements Caused by the Financial Markets" http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280063546



Attorney General Mills calls on Congress to Amend Sex Trafficking Law

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:45:37 EDT

AUGUSTA - Attorney General Janet T. Mills joined 49 other state and territorial attorneys general in a bi-partisan coalition urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online. The simple word addition to the CDA proposed in this letter will help to ensure that citizens and children are effectively protected throughout the entire country, in all courts.

"The Maine Attorney General's Office is working to address human trafficking in Maine by hosting a working group that brings together a multi-disciplinary collection of partners to identify victims and hold traffickers accountable," said Attorney General Mills. "State and local law enforcement are on the front lines of this effort. We need congress to ensure they have all the tools available to them fight this terrible crime."

"Federal enforcement alone has proved insufficient to stem the growth in online promotion of child sex trafficking. Those on the front lines of the battle against the sexual exploitation of children - state and local law enforcement - must have clear authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of these and other horrible crimes," reads the letter.

The intention of the CDA is to protect children from indecent material online. It was never was intended to place facilitators of child sex trafficking outside the reach of law enforcement. However, according to the attorneys general, the CDA is being used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children. In some cases, courts have interpreted certain provisions of the CDA to provide immunity from state prosecution to online classified ad sites, such as Backpage.com, that promote and profit from human trafficking.

"It is both ironic and tragic that the CDA, which was intended to protect children from indecent material on the Internet, is now used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children," the attorneys general wrote.




2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event and Hiring Fair to be held August 29 at Augusta Armory

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:51 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017Media Contacts: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009*The Campaign's goal is for 100+ employers to hire 100+ veterans during 100 days.*AUGUSTA- The 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign kicks-off at 8:30 a.m. on August 29 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, in a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during the 100-day period. Opening remarks from First Lady Ann LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera will be followed by a hiring fair with more than 120 employers that are looking to recruit veterans, military family members and civilians. The event is open to the public."Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year's effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."The Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members. Employers who want to join the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign can contact Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at 207-624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.At the end of the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 147 employers had participated and 197 veterans were hired with an average placement wage of $22.23 per hour. Follow the campaign on social media with #MHAV17 and on Facebook, @MaineHireAVet.The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations. Veterans Representatives and Career Counselors are available at each location. Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate.Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.- END - **Exhibitors**- AAA Northern New England- Acadia National Park- Adecco- Aero Heating & Ventilating, Inc.- Anderson Merchandisers- AngleZ Behavioral Health Services- athenahealth- Backyard Farms- Bath Iron Works- Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.- Bonney Staffing- Boston Brands of Maine- Break of Day Mental Health Group- Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.- Care & Comfort- Catholic Charities- Central Maine Healthcare- Cianbro- City of Augusta - Community Health & Counseling Services- Community Partners Inc. - Cumberland County Sheriff's Office- Cunningham Security Systems- Dead River Company- DuraLife-Integrity Composites LLC - EMHS- ESM, Inc.- Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.- Fisher Engineering- Freedom Xpress Inc.- Futureguard Building Products, Inc. - Geiger- General Dynamics - Saco- Goodwill Industries- Gorham Sand & Gravel- Hamilton Marine - Hancock Lumber- Hannaford- HMS Host- Hodgdon Green Elderly Care- Hutchins Trucking Co.- IDEXX- Irving Forest Products- J.S. McCarthy Printers- Johnny's Selected Seeds- Journey's End[...]



Governor LePage Announces Departure of MEMA Director Bruce Fitzgerald

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:52:27 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Bruce Fitzgerald, Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), will step down from his post mid-September to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Fitzgerald has served as director since March 2014.

"Bruce provided professionalism and leadership while at MEMA, and he was a trusted advisor in all areas of emergency management and homeland security," said Governor LePage. "On behalf of the citizens of Maine, I thank him for his years of dedicated public service. I am sorry to see him go, but wish him all the best in the next chapter in his life."

The Governor has named MEMA Deputy Director Peter Rogers as the Acting Director until a permanent appointment is made. Rogers, who has been the Deputy Director since 2014, previously served in the Maine Army National Guard and has directed MEMA's Homeland Security Division. He has also served as Deputy Director during his time with the Agency.

Fitzgerald, who resides in China, says he is tremendously grateful for the faith the Governor has shown in his ability to take the emergency management role for his Administration.

"I have been honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Maine, and I am extremely appreciative of the support by both the Executive and Legislative branches that our agency has enjoyed," he said.

Prior to his appointment as the director of MEMA, Fitzgerald served as the deputy director and homeland security division director. He has been with MEMA for more than 14 years and worked to improve Maine's preparedness and response capabilities for natural and man-made disasters. He served in the State Emergency Operations Center through multiple statewide events, such as the Patriot's Day and Mother's Day storms, Aroostook County flooding and many other weather-related events.

Fitzgerald served as a member of the U.S./Canada International Emergency Managers Group, served on the Board of Directors and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Assistance Compact Committees for the National Emergency Management Association and was the chairman of the Governor's Homeland Security Advisors Council and the State Emergency Response Commission. He deployed to New York City in support of the relief effort to Hurricane Sandy and managed one federally declared disaster as director.



Governor LePage announces Madeline Malisa to serve as Deputy Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:36:37 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the appointment of Madeline Malisa as his Deputy Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor. As a Senior Policy Advisor, Malisa counsels the Governor on a variety of policy areas, including regulations and legislation related to labor, workers' compensation and professional and financial licensing and oversight.

"I'm pleased that Madeline has joined our team, and I expect her to be instrumental in continuing the good work and planning further reforms at the Maine Department of Labor, Department of Professional and Financial Regulations and Workers' Compensation Board," said Governor LePage.

Prior to joining the administration, Malisa was in the private practice of law in Portland. As a civil litigator, her expertise included insurance defense, workers' compensation and family law.

Malisa is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Maine School of Law. She is admitted to the bars in Maine and Massachusetts.



Secretary Dunlap to draw ballot order for casino, healthcare questions

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:50:02 EDT

**AUGUSTA** -- Secretary of State Matt Dunlap will draw the order of the citizens' initiative questions for this November's ballot on Wednesday. The Nov. 7, 2017 ballot will include two citizens' initiative questions, listed here in alphabetical order:



The drawing for the order of the two citizens' initiatives will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in Secretary Dunlap's office at the Nash School Building, 103 Sewall St., Augusta. The drawing is open to the public. In addition to the citizens' initiatives, voters will also decide on one bond issue and one constitutional amendment at the polls in November:



Referendum Election ballot questions are presented to the voters by category, with the placement within each category determined by luck of the draw. Citizens' initiative questions appear first on the ballot, followed by bond questions and constitutional amendments. Visit the Upcoming Elections page at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html of the department's website for additional information, including the 2017 Citizens' Guide to the Referendum Election, which will be available this fall with financial information and explanatory material for voters to consider. The Secretary of State's Office is accepting public comment at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/publiccomment17.html on the exact wording of the citizens' initiative questions, through Sept. 1. The State of Maine's Referendum Election is Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Absentee ballots can be requested online at http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl or at your town office.



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:12:43 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media 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."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation." 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.Training Orientation-Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.For people over the age of 24 who live in Knox or Lincoln County and want to explore occupational training programs. People under the age of 25 can call 596-2600 for arrangements. All ages in Waldo County call 930-7047.Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, August 17, 9 a.m. to noonComputer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Call to Schedule.To introduce the computer to people who have never used one before.Planning Your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noonThe latest tips and ideas a successful job search in today's labor market.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.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.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter."Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St., Suite 201. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays except on holidays, and can be reached at 207-596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services [...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:05:36 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media 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. "In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation." 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. 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.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips. **Computer Boot Camp-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 - Tuesday, August 22**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 Aide 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 . **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 16 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative.**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 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.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 Career[...]



DHHS Statement Regarding the OIG Audit Report

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:52:40 EDT

The Federal HHS Office of Inspector General did an audit of the Maine DHHS reportable events ("critical incidents") system for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism for the period of January 2013 through June 2015. The audit report also includes comments on hospitals, providers, and other caregivers who provide services to individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. The report largely mirrors the OIG's audit reports that were recently released in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

It is important to note that the report provides an historical look rather than evaluating practices as they are today. The audit period includes a time of significant transition after DHHS merged the Office of Elder Services (OES) and the Office of Cognitive and Physical Disability Services (OACPDS), to create the Office of Aging and Disability (OADS). The Department recognizes that issues identified by OIG did exist during this transitional phase, many of which were discovered prior to the time of this audit and have been addressed by the Department. We are proud that we have successfully made improvements since the audit period.

DHHS appreciates the time OIG spent; however, ultimately the report does not present an accurate picture of the system of protection for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism today. The report inaccurately suggests that currently DHHS and providers who serve individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism are failing to protect vulnerable individuals in Maine. It is unfortunate that this OIG audit focuses on a small fraction of selective data and fails to evaluate the bigger picture of care and services. The Department expressed to OIG that this is a complex system with many programs working together to assist and protect a vulnerable population and that the OIG's approach did not capture all of the necessary data. The Department also suggested that the OIG consult with medical professionals to better understand some important areas of concern. Because the OIG narrowly focused on a subset of data, the conclusions drawn in the report are, in many ways, incomplete.

Additionally, the Reportable Events (critical incidents) rule requires that providers perform administrative reviews of certain critical incidents. The Department did not instruct providers otherwise. During the audit period the Department did not collect administrative reviews from providers. Please note that, under the Reportable Events rule, providers are required to perform administrative reviews of critical incidents other than incidents involving alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation, which are handled through Adult Protective Services to avoid any conflict of interest in the investigation process.

DHHS is committed to continuously evaluating and improving practices to better serve our neediest and most vulnerable populations, regardless of whether an audit is occurring or not. In no way should this report tarnish the dedication of so many individuals who work across the state to provide critical services to those who need them.

Please note that the Department's full response to the audit report, which was provided by the OIG in draft form, is included in the final section of the OIG's audit report and available for download (*PDF).



Meeting for Public Comment on Management and Opportunities on Public Lands in the St. John-Allagash Region

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:44:45 EDT

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands is seeking comments on management of Public Lands in the St. John-Allagash Region.

The Bureau is holding a Public Scoping Meeting for the upcoming St. John-Allagash Region Management Plan. This plan will guide the Bureau's management of public lands in this region-which includes Gero Island, Telos, Chamberlain Lake, and Round Pond Public Reserved Lands, as well as several smaller Public Lots, most near the Town of Allagash. All of these lands are managed for multiple uses including recreation, wildlife habitat, scenic and natural areas and timber production.

**Public scoping meeting:**

Wednesday, August 30 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bureau of Parks and Lands Northern Region Office 45 Radar Road, Ashland

The upcoming scoping meeting is the first of two public meetings that will be held on the St. John-Allagash Region Management Plan. At this meeting we will be asking the audience: What is working well on these public lands? What concerns and issues should be addressed in the Plan? What vision should guide management of these lands over the next 15 years? The Bureau will work with the St. John-Allagash Region Plan Advisory Committee to develop a draft Plan. Once a final draft of the St. John-Allagash Plan is written, a public meeting will be held to receive comments, sometime in the spring or early summer of 2018.

**Bureau Properties Included in the Public Management Plan Effort**

- The 22,760-acre Telos Public Reserved Lands Unit is at the south end of Chamberlain Lake and adjacent to Baxter State Park. Several campsites are located near wild brook trout ponds on the Unit. - The 3,175 acre Gero Island Ecological Reserve comprises most of the Gero Island Unit, along with more than 700 acres surrounding Chesuncook Village. Several boat access campsites (part of the Penobscot River Corridor) are on the island. - The 10,300-acre Chamberlain Unit is divided among eight separate parcels on Chamberlain, Eagle and Allagash Lakes. This Unit includes the 2,890-acre Chamberlain Lake Ecological Reserve, between Chamberlain and Eagle Lakes, crossed by the historic Eagle Lake tramway and close to the famous Eagle Lake locomotives. - The 20,800-acre Round Pond Unit surrounds the Allagash River about 25 miles downstream of Churchill Lake and dam. The Plan area also includes seven smaller public lots up to 1,000 acres in size, most located within a few miles of the Town of Allagash. Most of these public lands are adjacent to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, managed by the Bureau under a Plan adopted in 2012. The properties in the Plan region serve important roles for hunting and fishing opportunities as well as motorized trail networks and destinations.

To see the webpage for the St. John-Allagash Region Management Plan, go to http://www.maine.gov/dacf/stjohn-allagash. You will find the current management plans for the Gero Island, Telos and Round Pond Public Lands and information on the Eagle Lake and Gero Island Ecological Reserves. The page will be updated throughout the planning process with draft plans and meeting minutes.

For more information about this meeting or to be added to the mailing list for the plan, please contact:

Jim Vogel Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 Jim.Vogel@maine.gov 207-287-2163




August Programs for Job Seekers at the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:38:03 EDT

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces August programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."**Employers Recruiting at the Tri-County CareerCenter in August**Employers with current openings that are scheduled to recruit at the CareerCenter include: Living Innovations, Bridges Home Services, Community Health & Counseling, OHI and Eastern Maine Health Systems. For days, times and type of positions, please see "Upcoming Job Fairs" at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/tri_county.shtml .**Resume Information Seminar - First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing, how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer's attention, discover web sites for skills identification and learn how to produce a resume that will work for you. You will not have a resume in hand when you leave. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Interview Workshop - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Join us to find out how to have the Ultimate Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for an interview, discover what employers are looking for and follow-up advice that will help you land the position you truly want. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information and Registration Session - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon**This is an overview of services and programs available through WIOA to residents of the tri-county area to include intensive job search assistance, potential training opportunities and options like on-the-job training. It also includes eligibility requirements and information on accessing all of these services. Please complete your Maine JobLink registration prior to attending the workshop. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session.**GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session - Wednesdays, August 16, 23 and 30**Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! Registration required. Call Cindy at 207-561-4063 to reserve a seat.**Essentials of College Planning and Financial Aid - Presented by MEOC - Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for an appointment or register online.**Steps for successful college enrollment, types of colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adults, admission requirements and financial aid overview and completion. Please bring your last year's income tax forms to the workshop. To register call 1-800-281-3703. http://meoc.maine.edu/workshops/Sign-up for our CareerCenter newsletter in the blue box labeled "Get Notified" at http://www.maine.gov/labor for a full listing of events, news, pr[...]



It's Fair Season in Maine

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:47:57 EDT

AUGUSTA - Agricultural fair season is upon us and thousands will be attending fairs across the state. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry (DACF) would like to remind everyone to use good judgment while attending Maine's fairs.

• If you are ill, do not attend the fair. This is not only in the best interest of those around you, but also the animals. Animals are susceptible to human illnesses, including influenza.
• Hand washing is important.
- Wash hands before and after touching animals to reduce the risk of spreading illness from you to the animal and from the animal to you.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before eating. Alcohol hand gel or sanitizer should be used only if soap and water are not available. This will help reduce the risk of gastrointestinal illness such as Salmonella.

"Maine agricultural fairs and events are a fun and educational experience. The fair's organizers work diligently to ensure the experience is safe and healthy but we need to do our part," said State Veterinarian Michele Walsh. "The public plays a crucial role in keeping everyone, humans and animals, healthy."

Maine CDC and DACF are working closely with the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs to promote smart, healthy decisions. This includes on-site visits by DACF veterinary staff to monitor animal health, and fair evaluation reports which include an assessment of Animal and Human Public Health activities, and personal consultation with fair animal area managers to enhance hand washing or other public health measures to keep everyone safe and healthy.

"Maine fairs are a great experience," said Maine's State Epidemiologist, Dr. Siiri Bennett. "Let's all do our part to keep both the humans and animals safe by staying home if you are sick, and washing your hands after touching animals and before eating."

To learn more about infectious diseases and how to prevent them visit www.mainepublichealth.gov.

To learn more about animals and how to keep them safe and healthy visit www.maine.gov/dacf/animals/index.html



Absentee ballots for Referendum Election now available by request via online service

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:26:15 EDT

**AUGUSTA** - The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is now available for the Nov. 7, 2017 General Election, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap notified voters today.

Any registered Maine voter may choose to vote absentee, either via mail or in person at their town hall prior to Election Day. Voters do not need to provide a reason to vote absentee.

Voters can request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting their request form online at http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl The form can also be printed out and mailed or hand-delivered to their municipal clerk.

The November 2017 ballot will include two citizens' initiative questions:

  • An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County

  • An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care


The full text of the proposed legislation of each referendum question is available for review on the Elections Division website at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html .

Voters must submit absentee ballot requests at least three days prior to the Nov. 7 Referendum Election. Ballots will be made available to civilian voters beginning 30 days before the election. (Ballots for uniformed service and overseas voters will be available at least 45 days before the election.) The online service provides an email notification with a confirmation number. When the request is processed and accepted by the municipal clerk, the voter will be sent an additional notification and the ballot will arrive by mail. All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots.

If you have questions about the absentee voting process, visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html or call the Division of Elections at 624-7650.



Governor LePage issues statement about former Senator Mitchell's support of Medicaid expansion

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:40:29 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017 Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086

Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today about former Senator George J. Mitchell's support of Medicaid expansion, which would be financially ruinous to the State of Maine.

"Senators Collins and King are simply proving my point that they are sadly out of touch with everyday Mainers who are suffering from high premiums, high deductibles and inadequate access to high-quality health care under ObamaCare," said Governor LePage. "Instead of focusing on the needs of hard-working Mainers, Senators Collins and King recruited another out-of-touch former Senator, who had no experience with the disastrous effects Medicaid expansion had on our state, to criticize me.

"I am the one who had to clean up the financial disaster Senator King left as governor, including his $1 billion structural gap and Medicaid expansion that resulted in a $750 million debt to Maine's community hospitals. Another Medicaid expansion will cost the Maine taxpayers at least $400 million over the next five years. Senators Collins, King and Mitchell are three peas in a pod, preaching to struggling Maine citizens from the polished corridors of Washington, D.C. while they enjoy luxurious health care benefits lavished on them as members of the world's most exclusive club."

"The Senate bill was far from perfect; that's not the point. By voting against it, Senator Collins killed debate on reforming the crushing effects of ObamaCare. Senators Collins, King and Mitchell should just be honest with the Maine people: they want to expand Medicaid at taxpayers' expense to give free health care to able-bodied people who are capable of working and contributing to the cost of their own health insurance."



Governor LePage announces Maine's participation in FirstNet project

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:44:36 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 4, 2017 Contact: David W. Maxwell, FirstNetME, (207) 624-9793

Governor Paul R. LePage signed a letter today indicating his decision to have Maine participate in the national FirstNet project. FirstNet is an independent authority within the Department of Commerce to develop, build and operate a nationwide, broadband network dedicated for use by emergency first responders throughout the United States and participating territories.

The Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (MICC), an advisory panel made up of representatives from first responder agencies at the state, county and local levels, met with federal FirstNet representatives and its vendor, AT&T, on two occasions to review the draft FirstNet plan for Maine and to make suggestions for how the plan should be improved. The federal FirstNet team responded by significantly increasing proposed coverage in Maine.

"Maine is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state," said Governor LePage. "The decision to join this network means that FirstNet and its partner, AT&T, will deliver a highly secure, federally funded, next-generation solution for our public safety community."

"Governor LePage's decision to join FirstNet will enhance public safety communications throughout the State," said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. "This network will connect first responders operating across Maine, from the population centers of Portland and Augusta, to the state's popular vacation destinations, to remote areas near the border with Canada. FirstNet and AT&T are pleased to have delivered a plan that meets Maine's unique needs, and we look forward to bringing this network, dedicated to public safety, across the Pine Tree State."

Patricia Jacobs, President of AT&T New England, praised the action. "Governor LePage is putting public safety first," she said. "His decision to opt-in to FirstNet will bring Maine's first responders access to the innovative tools and technologies they need to operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line. FirstNet will benefit the wellbeing of Maine's first responders, residents and visitors alike-all without costing the state anything to build, operate or maintain."

More information regarding FirstNet is available at www.firstnet.com and www.firstnetme.gov.