Cleaning house

By AL DIAMON  |  September 16, 2010

Cutler has been critical of the pace of decision-making at LURC, particularly in regard to the Plum Creek project on Moosehead Lake. All seven commissioners’ terms expire within the next three years. Unfortunately, the new appointees can’t all be Cutler’s neighbors from Cape Elizabeth.

Mitchell, like current Governor John Baldacci, says she’s no fan of gambling. But will she continue Baldacci’s policy of appointing cronies and insiders to posts on the Gambling Control Board, the liquor and lottery commission, and the Harness Racing Commission? Every seat on all three of them opens up by 2013.

The terms of two of the three members of the Public Utilities Commission expire within three years. All six public trustees for the Land for Maine’s Future program will be at the mercy of the new governor. Likewise, four of the five Maine Human Rights commissioners. The State Housing Authority could get a complete makeover by 2014. The same for FAME.

About the only panel that has a measure of immunity is the Maine Turnpike Authority. Its public members serve seven-year terms, only half of which expire in the next four years.

That’ll leave the new governor time to straighten out the cosmetologists and landscape architects.

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