All posts by Michael Cianchette

Michael Cianchette

About Michael Cianchette

Michael Cianchette was the chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage from 2012-2013 and deputy counsel from 2011-2012. A Navy reservist, he was deployed to Afghanistan from 2013-2014 as a trainer and adviser to the Afghan National Police. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Maine program and holds a BA in economics and political science from Boston College along with a JD and an MBA from Suffolk University. He works as in-house counsel and financial manager for a number of affiliated companies in southern Maine.

The Trouble with Shorthand and Shutdowns

The debate over the budget — sometimes between Republicans and Democrats, other times between the Executive and Legislative branches — is heated, to say the least.  I predicted last week on how I expect it would end, but the BDN political reporters found an interesting development. Representative Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) sent the Attorney General a […]

Commencement advice for politicians

Cynthia: In her famous commencement address to Harvard University students, J.K. Rowling said it was her personal failure that led to great success. Hitting rock bottom became the solid foundation on which she rebuilt her life. In Augusta and Washington, showboating politicians are failing to govern or find commonsense solutions to our large collective problems. […]

Welfare, Tax Credits, and the Gordian Knot

Writing this blog/column has provided limited opportunity to review issues with the seriousness they deserve.  Cynthia and I have been tasked with keeping it light, punchy, and fun – we’ll leave it to you to judge our success. However, with the editorial page’s recent take on Warren Buffett, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and […]

Tax the yachts? Or is Maine sunk?

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Mike: Things are getting down to brass tacks in Augusta. Or, in this case, less tax. Have legislative Republicans found fertile new ground away from the governor and the Democrats? Cynthia: Republican lawmakers are out there, all right. Their “new” plan raises taxes on low- and middle-income Mainers to pay kindergarten teachers and police officers, […]

Deflated footballs and a deflated Obama legacy?

Cynthia: It’s like deja vu all over again this week. President Obama is playing the Bill Clinton “triangulation” card with Republicans over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and the New England Patriots got caught cheating again. The only fresh air out of Washington seems to be freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallying Democrats to drive a […]