Category: Maine

Vietnam Veterans Honored at Togus Ceremony

When David Smith first came home from service in Vietnam, he built a wall around him. He didn’t talk to people about his experience because he didn’t expect to be thanked. Now, years later, the Togus hospital of VA Maine Health Care Systems joined 300 others across the country to formally honor the efforts of Vietnam vets. Leaders of VA Maine… Read more →

Education Committee Advances 3 LePage Nominees for Maine Community College Board

Today, the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee of the Maine Legislature voted 8-0 to approve three of Governor LePage’s appointees to the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. The nominations will now move to the Maine Senate for a confirmation vote as early as next week. The candidates represent a diverse set of skills, life experiences, and geographic representation… Read more →

Aaron Chadbourne with Muhtar Kent (CEO of the Coca-Cola Company) and Christie Grymes, a Coca-Cola Scholar

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Education is a key to social mobility in the United States. Through hard-work and dedication, you can become anything you want in this country. In the U.S., and around the world, the cost of higher education has been rising at alarming rates. As a result, financial obstacles often get in the way of educational opportunities that could otherwise enable students to pursue… Read more →

Trade Mission to Japan

On December 14th, 2015, Aaron Chadbourne represented Governor LePage at an event to present a commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan to the Friends of Amori. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling spoke at the event, as did the Consul General of Japan, Tsutomu Himeno, who met with Governor LePage earlier in the day to review the proclamations. Last fall, Governor… Read more →

Maine’s Veterans’ Pension Income Tax Exemption – FAQ

Our nation’s veterans earned our respect through a career of public service and sacrifice, and Governor Paul R. LePage wants to make Maine an attractive destination for both current and future military retirees. Earlier this year, the governor proposed a comprehensive two-year budget that contained an important provision that fully eliminated the income tax on military pensions. Below are some… Read more →

Honoring Our Veterans: A Brief Summary of 2016 Maine Tax Changes

Our nation’s veterans earned our respect through a career of public service and sacrifice. As a result, Governor Paul R. LePage strives to turn Maine into an attractive destination for both current and future military retirees. Earlier this year, the governor proposed a comprehensive two-year budget that contained a number of significant tax reform proposals. While many of the governor’s… Read more →

New Adjutant General confirmed for the State of Maine

Today the Maine State Senate confirmed Governor LePage’s nominee, Col. Doug Farnham of Bangor to serve as the next Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. Below is the testimony that I presented on behalf of the Governor to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Friday, January 15.   TESTIMONY BEFORE THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE… Read more →

Constitutional Concealed Carry

One of the most consequential laws passed earlier this year by the 127th Maine Legislature went into effect on October 15. Sponsored by republican state Senator Eric Brakey of Auburn, the new law allows legal gun owners over 21 years of age, or current military members aged 18 or older, to carry concealed firearms without requiring permits issued by the… Read more →