(NEWS CENTER) From unemployment insurance controversies to tax increases to the meaning of having five presidents gather in Texas, NEWS CENTER political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling go In The Arena with Pat Callaghan.
In Part 1, Harriman and Strimling discuss the growing concerns about the awarding of unemployment benefits, and the challenges faced by cities and towns trying to finalize budgets when they don't know how much revenue sharing they'll be getting from the state.
Part 2 focuses on the LePage Administration's decision to award schools letter grades and whether that is a useful tool for evaluating schools.
In Part 3, budget matters are the topic, specifically proposed tax increases and whether the GOP is making a strong case that Maine has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
Part 4 begins with the failure of Right To Work legislation and the power of Maine's lobster lobby, And they weigh in on the political implications of the effort to end the furloughs of air traffic controllers forced by budget sequestration.
In Part 5, Ethan & Phil ponder the meaning of having all five living presidents gather at the dedication of the George W. Bush Library in Texas.