All posts by Brian Hubbell

Maine should plan for energy independence by 2030


Maine’s  energy systems place our state today at a critical decision point.  

On one hand, inaction and inertia leads to grave economic disruptions from a sharply changing climate.

On the other, an expansion of renewable energy offers real economic opportunity.

Technological innovations are propelling neighboring states and provinces to capitalize on the promise and …

Legislative goals for 2019

31 December 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we enter 2019, I want to wish you a prosperous and healthy new year and to thank you for placing your confidence in me to represent you once again in the Maine Legislature. I remain grateful, honored, and humbled by your trust.

For my final legislative session …

Position statement for Ellsworth American – October 2018

Brian L. Hubbell
Age: 62
Residence: Bar Harbor
Party: Democratic
Present Employment: Self-employed project manager
Highest Level of Education Completed: Degree in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: School board member (10 years), State representative (six years)

I believe that elected officials are charged to engage faithfully to thrash out …

Appropriations Committee makes modest progress on critical unfinished business

Long and frequently frustrating day in Appropriations slogging to rebuild a supplementary emergency funding package intended to resolve critical business left unresolved when House Republican caucus forced legislative adjournment last month.

By 9:00 in the evening, our committee reached agreement only on fulfilling last year’s commitment to maintain the reimbursement rate increases for home-based direct …

2018 mid-session legislative update

March 14, 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today’s snow day allows me an opportunity to report where things are midway through this legislative session. As always, I am grateful for your emails sharing your thoughts and policy concerns. Please let me continue to hear from you as we work through the next month or so …

Bonds

On Monday, July 17, the Appropriations Committee held hearings on the 13 bond bills outlined below.

On July 19, the committee, recommended the three highlighted bills to the full legislature and carried the remaining bills forward consideration next year.

On July 20, the legislature enacted the $105M transportation bond bill LD 1552 and tabled until …

Let’s get to work

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am grateful for the confidence that voters of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Lamoine have placed in me to represent this district for another term in the state legislature.

Over the last few months, as most of you know, I traveled over a thousand miles on my bicycle visiting nearly …

Time for Governor to resign

27 August 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is time to speak up.

Since you first elected me to be your representative I have understood that you expected me to work diligently, collaboratively, and above all respectfully for the betterment and well-being of Maine.

As your elected representatives, my colleagues and I endeavor always to …

‘Tax conformity’ and teacher transfers

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you know, I try to keep you informed with a sampling of current legislative policy debates and to report clearly my own positions on these issues.  Below are two summaries from this week.

As always, please let me know your thoughts and concerns.

Tax ‘conformity’

As you may know, in …

Bipartisan Delegation Visits Prestigious Maine Research Institutions

Bipartisan Delegation Visits Prestigious Maine Research Institutions

Visit to Hancock County a continuation of Speaker Eves’ Statewide Jobs Tour


MDI Biological Laboratory: Right to Left: Judy Sproule (Depute Director of Development), Jeri Bowers (Director of Development and Public Affairs), Alf Anderson (Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce), Representative Chapman, Senator Brian Langley, Speaker Eves, Representative Hubbell,

Counterpoint to Gov. LePage’s remarks at Oct 6 public forum at MDI HS

Governor LePage addresses public forum at MDI High School, Bar Harbor
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Transcript from MDI HS video

Governor’s presentation:

Questions from audience:

6/17/2015: State budget enacted

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In the early hours of this morning, against many significant odds, your legislature enacted a state budget.

Briefly, I just want to let you know that in my view, while this budget has all the hallmarks and flaws of compromise which must be expected from a divided government, I beleive that …