Category Archives: Politics

Portland will go it alone with General Assistance for asylum seekers. What will that mean?

With services over and parishioners filing out, Ornella Igirubunto, 19, remains in her pew, praying on Sunday morning in Portland. Fleeing violence in Burundi, Igirubuntu and her brother arrived in the city last fall knowing no one. The General Assistance program has allowed them to survive and go to Deering High School. (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland City Council narrowly voted early this¬†morning to go it alone and continue providing General Assistance welfare payments to current asylum seekers without help from the state, the city confirmed today. To recap what’s now been a yearlong dispute, Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold state General Assistance reimbursements from municipalities using that money […]

Why is everybody leaving City Hall? It’s complicated

Former Portland City Manager Mark Rees (BDN photo by Seth Koenig)

Acting Portland City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian¬†announced last week she’s leaving to take a job as the assistant city manager of Cincinnati. Hill-Christian would have been a frontrunner to be named Portland’s permanent city manager if she’d wanted to be (she didn’t), and she seemingly remains widely liked and respected in the city despite having been […]