Russians likely targeted election systems in all 50 states, Senate report says

To endure, democracy requires public confidence in voting systems and election results.

Given yesterday’s troubling report from the US Senate Intelligence Committee, I am especially gratified that, as a result of legislation that I worked on this session with the League of Women Voters of Maine and the Democracy Partnership, Maine’s own state elections …

Winners and losers of the 2019 legislative session

Certainly there remains much to work on in the second session. But, beyond the many accomplishments within the biennial budget, I am greatly satisfied with the progress made this year on my own priorities related to renewable energy, climate emissions reductions, and strategic economic planning for increased research and development.

I look forward to further …

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor

Along with renewing the state’s commitment to off-shore wind, this is how Maine will accomplish our substantial ten-year and thirty-year goals for reducing carbon emissions.

Good work all around this legislative session. This will be good for Maine’s economy.

Bills to energize renewable-power development in Maine go to governor, Press Herald, 19 June 2019…

Maine legislature passes strong, bipartisan two-year budget

June 14, 2019

Maine Legislature Passes Strong, Bipartisan Two-Year Budget

AUGUSTA – The Maine House and Senate voted today to pass the bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Appropriations Committee, sending the budget to Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The vote was 104-38 in the House and 25-9 in the Senate in favor …

Maine Legislature approves new state budget of nearly $8 billion

I’m proud of the collaborative effort that this budget represents. Building on four weeks of public hearings, my colleagues on the Appropriations committee from both parties worked diligently and in good faith, line by line, for nearly five months. Throughout we benefited from bipartisan recommendations from each legislative policy committee and we received enormous cooperation …

Budget process a welcome return to normalcy

“…It is important to appreciate that lawmakers and the governor worked on building a two-year budget in a collegial, cooperative way. There were no public ultimatums, no threats of a government shutdown. Of course, not everyone got what they wanted. …But, the budget — and its bipartisan support in the Appropriations Committee — signals a …

The money at stake in the battle over CMP’s 145-mile electric line

“…The line is projected to reduce New England’s carbon footprint by around 3 million metric tons a year, which is the equivalent of removing 700,000 cars from the road.

“…Opposing the line in both Massachusetts and Maine regulatory proceedings is NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest producer of solar and wind energy, which also has …

Energy bill sails through

“Our state has abundant potential from wind, biomass, solar and hydropower,” Hubbell said, “but until now we have lacked a comprehensive vision for sustainable energy development. With a thoughtful, long-term plan, we can pursue energy independence, community resilience and economic prosperity for Maine.”

New law puts state on track to triple renewable energy generation

May 17, 2019

Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, and Ania Wright and Sara Lowgren (far left), youth climate leaders and students at College of the Atlantic, join Gov. Janet Mills as she signs LD 658. Sponsored by Hubbell, the measure puts Maine on a path to triple in-state renewable energy generation by 2030.

AUGUSTA – A bill from Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, putting Maine on a path to triple in-state renewable energy generation by 2030 is now law.

“Maine’s economic prosperity over the next generation hinges on sound energy planning within the next few years,” said Hubbell. Our state has abundant potential from wind, …

An Act To Promote Clean Energy Jobs and To Establish the Maine Climate Council

I am proud and honored to cosponsor Governor Mills’ comprehensive bill for climate mitigation, adaptation, and carbon emissions reductions. This bill will update the state’s Climate Action Plan which I helped establish in 2004 and which has languished in the last decade.

The bill stipulates that, by 2030, the State shall reduce gross annual …

Governor Mills Introduces Bill to Establish Maine Climate Council

I’m grateful for Governor Janet T. Mills’ leadership and Hannah Pingree’s hard work and dedication in moving forward this comprehensive initiative for emissions reduction, climate action, and energy policy. I look forward to continuing to work with this administration to effect real change and economic benefit for Maine.

Youth Climate Action at the State House

Honored to be visited today at the statehouse by these climate action leaders, Iris Fen Gillingham and Ania Wright from College of the Atlantic. Iris and Ania are leaders of today’s Climate Youth Day of Action and you may have heard them yesterday, as exceptionally composed and articulate guests on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling.

The Environment: Janet Mills, Paul LePage on two different planets

The Governor and her staff outline a solid plan here and I look forward to working with it. My bill LD 658, which plans to triple Maine’s renewable energy capacity by 2030, will aid the effort.

Testimony presenting LD 658: Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

“…As a first step, this plan can make an inventory of resources and evaluate the relative returns on investment in each available sector of renewable energy — including returns from conservation and efficiency — and then scale and sum those components by cost-effectiveness into one feasible comprehensive strategy which, in total, is capable of offsetting …

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 …

Education funding in Governor Mills’ budget proposal

Maine state subsidy for schools and the cost of education since 2006

Governor Mills’ two-year budget proposal adds over $187 million in prospective funding for education from early childhood through college, including $126 million for K-12 schools.

The top lines of graph above show the cost of education over the …

Maine’s next 2-year budget focuses on funding education and Medicaid expansion – with no new taxes

After my first pass through the 600 page document, overall I like what I see so far in this budget proposal.

It funds expanded access to healthcare and — deliberately over two years — adds over $180 million to a comprehensive scope of supports for public education from early childhood through college. And it does …

Research firms can tap $3.5 million to improve health in Maine

This is an exciting milestone that will brighten Maine’s spot on the economic map. Scientific research leading to commercialization carries real promise for our state. I intend to work hard this legislative session to make sure that the state is a good partner in this effort and that we have a long-term economic plan to …

Mills names former House Speaker Hannah Pingree to head new office of innovation

Great call! Maine will immediately benefit from good planning related to energy policy and economic development

I’m really looking forward to working collaboratively with a revitalized Office of Innovation headed by Hannah Pingree, particularly on energy policy and a state plan for research and development,

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 …

Position statements for Bangor Daily News (October 2018)

House District 135: Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert (Map)
Brian Hubbell (D) – Incumbent

1. What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?
At present, Maine’s economic development is hampered by having too few skilled workers and by the absence of a comprehensive …

Progress, failure, and stall: Finished and unfinished business in the special session

25 July 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Once again, despite being only yards from the finish line, your legislature evidently is stalled in deadlock.  Nevertheless, in this summer’s special session, we have made some commendable progress and also been party to some heartbreaking failures.

As I reported in April, with critical bills still unresolved, …

Floor remarks in favor of proficiency-based learning: 26 June 2018

Thank you, Madame Speaker.

I rise with grave concern that this bill, as engrossed, with its proposed dual and separate graduation systems selected by individual schools, severely weakens the state’s generation-long commitment to equity of educational opportunity and to greater expectations for meaningful and ambitious learning outcomes for all Maine students — at a …

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 …

End of Session notes: the week the wheels came off

26 April 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As the end of this legislative session took a sharp and irresponsible turn last week, I want to offer my perspective from the Appropriations Committee.

Traditionally, the major work of the Appropriations Committee is to integrate the governor’s budget request with the legislature’s own spending and policy initiatives …

‘Corporate welfare’ or protecting good jobs at good wages: BIW tax credits

27 March 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This morning the House voted on LD 1781: An Act To Encourage New Major Investments in Shipbuilding Facilities and the Preservation of Jobs.

The original bill sought to extend a state tax incentive of up to $3 million per year for capital investment by <a href=”https://www.gdbiw.com/”Bath Iron …

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 …