Morning Links - Thursday, April 18, 2024

Asylum Seekers

Some Maine business leaders, employers say immigration is key to meeting workforce challenges πŸ› Maine Public

Letter: Allow asylum seekers to work πŸ› Portland Press Herald


In Portland, a startup finds pent-up demand for pottery classes πŸ› Mainebiz

State says it’s the rightful owner of sunken ship near Bar Harbor πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Buy Local

We're getting ready for Record Store Day 2024 this weekend πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine


Maine lawmakers grant Portland Sea Dogs $2 million in tax breaks for ballpark renovations πŸ› Maine Public

Maine House backs tax credits for Portland Sea Dogs' stadium πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Portland Sea Dogs' 2 million tax credit bill gains momentum despite opposition πŸ› WGME

Planning Board Workshop on Roux Institute Set for April 23rd πŸ› Munjoy Hill News

Climate Emergency

Maine joins regional efforts to secure $1 billion for clean energy projects πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine Legislature passes bill seeking to avoid labor disruptions on clean energy projects πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Town repairing storms’ roadway damages at Higgins Beach πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Mills threatens to veto storm bill with added spending πŸ› Maine Morning Star

New Endangered Species Act rules consider climate impact on ME wildlife πŸ› Maine Beacon


Opinion: To improve Maine students’ health and academics, start in the cafeteria πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Conservative advocacy group report says mandates are partly to blame for Maine's test score ranking πŸ› Maine Public


After initial split, lawmakers back bill to keep Sears Island in running for offshore wind port πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Maine House backs environmental exemption to allow wind terminal on Sears Island πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine lawmakers reverse course on sand dune plan for wind port πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Letter: Disgusted by Sears Island wind port decision πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Scarborough controlled burn benefits land, firefighters πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Food and Drink

Outdoor Dining: Decks, Patios & More in Portland, Maine πŸ› Portland Old Port

See If You Can Find Lincoln's In Portland For A Fun Date Night πŸ› Only in Your State

Best vegan food in Portland? πŸ› Reddit

Popular Portland Icon Named Best Dive Bar in the State πŸ› WCYY


Legislature passes spending bill, gun control measures after marathon session πŸ› Maine Public

As legislative session reached final hours, lawmakers did not vote on red flag law πŸ› Portland Press Herald

We must have an honest and open discourse about guns πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Health Care

MaineHealth MyChart hardware failure causes system to go down πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine Family Planning unveils mobile medical unit as it urges boost in state funding πŸ› Bangor Daily News


Where Maine's homebuyers came from in 2023 β€” and why they moved here πŸ› Mainebiz


Maine Legislature votes to expand ability to seal criminal records πŸ› Maine Morning Star


Report: Portland is the best city in the US for working from home πŸ› WMTW

A fair contract for graduate student workers will make UMaine stronger πŸ› Bangor Daily News


LGBTQ families find protection and affirmation in Maine's new confirmatory adoption law πŸ› Maine Public


Free speech for Nazis? What about the right to be free from harassment? πŸ› Maine Morning Star


Mainers will vote this fall on a $30 million trails bond πŸ› Maine Public

$30M trail bond gets bipartisan approval from Maine Legislature πŸ› Mainebiz

House approves $30M bond for Maine trails πŸ› WGME


Brunswick Town Council approves spending $380,000 for new armored vehicle πŸ› WGME

Portland man accused of having two-thirds of a pound of fentanyl πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Portland man arrested for large stash of illegal drugs seized in Westbrook πŸ› WGME


Potato reclassification πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine House sends stricter data privacy bill back to Senate πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Maine Senate defeats data privacy bill πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine House approves stronger data privacy protections πŸ› Bangor Daily News

House, Senate debate over supplemental budget proposal stretches into early hours πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Republicans scrutinize voting rolls and prepare for mass challenges ahead of election πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Legislature approves budget with 11th-hour storm relief addition πŸ› Maine Morning Star

Maine House passes addition to 2-year budget πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Gov. Mills urges lawmakers to pass supplemental budget, reject amended storm bill πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Letter: Michael Lemelin failed his constituents πŸ› Bangor Daily News

Maine lawmakers slog through bills on final day of session πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine

Maine lawmakers scramble to tackle key issues on last day of legislative session πŸ› WGME

Legislative session ends soon: lawmakers race against deadline πŸ› WMTW

Maine's debate over flags the latest chapter in a long story πŸ› WCSH News Center Maine


Lugo leads Sea Dogs to 5-2 win πŸ› Minor League Baseball

Lugo’s three-run triple propels Sea Dogs to 5-2 win over New Hampshire πŸ› Portland Press Herald

Sea Dogs earn first home win of season πŸ› WMTW

Former DraftKings executive to lead new Portland pro soccer team πŸ› Mainebiz

Things to Do

Portland Maine Cannabis: Events, Specials and Deals: Where to Celebrate 4/20 πŸ› Portland Old Port

WMPG's Jazz At The Movies present the film - Louis Armstrong's Black & Blue πŸ› WMPG

May 12th Portland Contra Dance πŸ› Reddit

Matt Braunger April 18th πŸ› Reddit

Six Organs of Admittance and Tashi Dorji πŸ› SPACE

BELLOWS A Supported Screaming Group! πŸ› Portland Downtonwn

Forest Bathing πŸ› Visit Portland Maine


GrowSmart Maine opposes Gorham Connector project citing environmental harm πŸ› Maine Public

Passenger Rail Authority to present ideas for a new Portland station πŸ› Maine Public

Portland’s Congress Street detour set for April 22-26 πŸ› PenBay Pilot

MDOT: Expect detour while Frank J. Wood Bridge gets inspection - YouTube - NEWS CENTER Maine


Area code 207 will continue to be Maine’s one and only πŸ› WMTW

Park Loop Road and Cadillac road open for the season πŸ› Mount Desert Islander