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    April 16, 2011

    We can’t give up

    As some of you know, I worked at the East Millinocket paper mill for more than 29 years. The situation in the Katahdin region and the turmoil the families there having been dealing with over the status of the paper mills have been constantly on my mind and something I’ve been working on for weeks. Reading in the news that the company that owns the mills was prepared to disassemble the East Millinocket mill and …

  • Published
    November 24, 2010

    Thankful for those who served and those who continue to protect us

    The holidays are an especially difficult time for the families of Mainers who are deployed overseas. On this Thanksgiving, we all have things that we are thankful for and that are worthy of reflection. But all of us have a shared commitment to our service members, veterans and their families for the sacrifices they’ve made for all of us. Every veteran from every conflict the United States has been engaged in …

  • Published
    July 7, 2010

    Reforming Wall Street, finally

    Wall Street’s recklessness and bad bets led to Americans losing their jobs and homes, seeing their retirement savings severely depleted, and their states and local communities pushed to the brink of collapse. Our national economy and millions of families continue to struggle.At long last, more than a year and a half after the financial crash, we are in the final stretch of passing common sense rules that will …

  • Published
    June 2, 2010

    Recognizing accomplishments of Maine’s small businesses

    On May 25, I joined Mainers Trapper Clark and Thomas Sturtevant at the White House for an event honoring the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Owners of the Year from across the country. Clark and Sturtevant, Maine’s Small Business Persons of the Year, own Alcom Inc. in Winslow. During his remarks at the White House ceremony, President Barack Obama commented on the meeting we had with Clark and …

  • Published
    May 12, 2010

    Who are we if we don’t make anything?

    People often ask me why I am so focused on improving U.S. trade policy. Those people, however, aren’t from Maine, where we know firsthand that our current approach to trade hasn’t helped our state. Don’t get me wrong, trade has been and will continue to be a pillar of American ideals and commerce, and I strongly support it. What I don’t support is blindly pursuing the same approach to trade that our country has …

  • Published
    March 24, 2010

    A step forward on health care

    I voted for the final health-care reform package because it will help us move closer to more affordable and stable health care coverage for Maine’s small businesses and families. While the bill is not perfect, it is an important first step toward fixing our broken and unsustainable health-care system. Like many Mainers, I have been frustrated with the process in Washington led by leaders in both parties. That’s …

  • Published
    March 17, 2010

    Keep the e-mails trucking

    As many reading this know, for years, there has been a mismatch between federal and state truck-weight limits in Maine.Federal laws generally require that vehicles not exceed 80,000 pounds on federal Interstates. States may set their own rules on state maintained roads, and Maine has a 100,000-pound limit on its roads. This means that trucks weighing between 80,000 and 100,000 pounds must be diverted off the …

  • Published
    March 6, 2010

    Increasing competition in health insurance industry

    For many years, the health insurance industry has benefited from a deal most industries could only dream of — it has been free to collude, fix prices, and divvy up markets. It isn’t surprising that companies have enjoyed record profits. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to protect consumers. For 65 years, the health insurance companies have been exempt from federal antitrust laws designed to ensure …

  • Published
    February 24, 2010

    New credit card protections for Mainers

    Last year, Congress passed into law a bill called the “Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act.” It contained a number of common sense provisions like banning retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing and due-date gimmicks. The bill also increases the advance notice of impending rate hikes, giving cardholders the information they need to make decisions about their financial …

  • Published
    February 3, 2010

    Mr. Michaud goes to Bucksport

    On Jan. 25, I visited Bucksport to see the town’s efforts on economic and community development firsthand. I started the day at the Bucksport Regional Health Center, which recently received a $2.4 million Recovery Act investment to provide mental health services and chronic-care counseling. The Bucksport Regional Health Center has a strong record of providing exceptional health-care services for residents in …

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