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Action time! Next steps on LD 1168!

LD 1168 was voted “Ought to Pass” by the 127th Legislature’s Judiciary Committee by 6 – 3

LD 1168 prevents eminent domain from being used by a private entity, or in certain Public-Private Partnerships (P3) on behalf of a private entity, by amending the Public-Private-Partnership for Transportation Projects Law[1], and the law that restricts eminent domain use[2].

Video of the work session and vote for LD 1168 is located at:

http://youtu.be/-JkymA9rCmE

(thank you Eric Tuttle […]

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The Maine Woods – Spring 2015

Tribes pull Reps. from Maine Legislature and go their own way

Photo by A.J. Higgins MPBN

On Tuesday, May 26, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy leaders pulled their representatives from the Maine Legislature as part of a decision to work together, and follow their own leadership within their territories from here on out. It was an historic moment of bravery and leadership by the Tribes.

Here are two articles: MPBN, Tribes Pull Reps from Maine Legislature as Sovereignty Issues Come to Boil

and

The Guardian, Two […]

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Congress Members Support Penobscot v. Maine in Unprecedented Court Filing

Link to Original Article Rep. Tom Cole: “Some people act as though a treaty signed a hundred or so years ago doesn’t exist – yes, it does as long as the […]

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Updates on LD 1168 & STEWC Testimony

Note to readers: There are two email postings listed first, and then STEWC’s Testimony on LD 1168 is listed last. On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM, Chris Buchanan <chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net> wrote: Hi all,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weekend! I was up in Sangerville yesterday and everything seemed so alive. I love seeing the yard sales starting up again. I hope everyone’s appreciating the sunshine as much as I am! I wanted to follow up on […]

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Tribal Member Speaks in Bucksport

Article by Charles Eichacker | Ellsworth American | April 30, 2015

(Note: article begins in lower right hand corner, then continue to upper left)

Penobscot Chief Francis responds to Governor LePage’s Reversal of Order Promoting Cooperation with Tribes

More corruption in economic development planning & spending

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Payday at the mill How sophisticated financiers used a Maine investment program they devised to wring millions of dollars in risk-free returns at taxpayer expense. BY WHIT RICHARDSON STAFF WRITER wrichardson@pressherald.com | @whit_richardson | 207-791-6463 | April 19, 2015 First of two parts: read part two here.

Sometime this year, the state of Maine will cut two checks worth a total of $2.8 million and mail them to out-of-state investors. […]

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Meeting with MDOT & LD 1168

Letter to STEWC email notification list from Chris Buchanan on 4-9-15

Hi everyone,

As many of you know, our bill to close the loophole in the PPP law, LD 506, was unanimously defeated in the Transportation Committee last week, which is a bummer. But, we’re not done with advocating for better state policy!

We are now asking for your support on LD 1168. Below and attached are the talking points that we’ve written up for LD 1168 to help […]

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New bills to preserve State control over transportation development, and eminent domain

Op-Ed by Chris Buchanan | March 25, 2015

The proposed East-West Transportation, Communications, and Utilities Corridor has raised important public policy questions regarding the state’s transportation policy. Two bills have been introduced by our Maine legislators to ensure the proper role for the state in transportation planning, maintenance, and development, without increasing regulations or stymying infrastructure that is desired by local people. The bills would create an equal playing field for all significant transportation proposals that may utilize the Public-Private-Partnership […]

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