Rebecca Wyke

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Baldacci raids the cookie jar

Under the American system of government, the legislative branch is supposed to decide how your tax money is spent, but . . .  
The governor’s secret Dirigo Health bailout
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 15, 2008

Maine: state of deception

Surprise! When the 2008 fiscal year ended, on June 30, the state had a General Fund surplus of $56 million, so the shortfall in reality was considerably smaller than predicted — $134 million.
How a budget surplus emerged from a back room
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 27, 2008

Back to black

It’s time to get state finances out of the red.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 23, 2008

Gov: Cut services while I travel overseas

Lobbyists and campaign contributors are among the private interests paying for Governor John Baldacci’s upcoming trip to Asia, though the state forbids officials from accepting gifts.
While Baldacci takes lobbyists’ money for a trip, his wife bills taxpayers
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  October 24, 2007

Ethics update

Fewer than half of 126 quasi-governmental state agencies say they have ethics rules.
Long state-agency hangover from that $295 bottle of wine
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 28, 2007

And this is why you can’t have nice things

“In the next few weeks of the process, we’ll be getting the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  January 17, 2007

The trouble with the truth

I think I deserve considerable credit for not comparing Governor John Baldacci’s state-of-the-state address to the kind of memoir that wins an endorsement from Oprah’s book club.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 02, 2006