Governor Mills to Take “Novel” Approach to State Address This Year


Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Speaking at a Press Conference in Lewiston Last Year..

Governor Janet T. Mills (D) announced late last week that she will take a different approach to her State of the State address this year:  It will be a two-part address on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

The first part will be delivered in writing the morning of Tuesday, January 30th.  It will focus on Maine’s long-term strength’s, opportunities for growth and longstanding challenges.  It will address Maine’s budget outlook and feature proposed policy initiatives from the governor.

The second part is to be delivered before a Joint Session of the Legislature at 7:00 pm the same evening.  It will focus on the immediate crisis Maine has faced – including the tragedy in Lewiston and the impacts of recent severe storms and on strengthening Maine’s resilence to future extreme weather events.

“This past year – especially these past few months – have been anything but normal for Maine.  It has been a period of extraordinary challenge for our state.  Tradtionally, as Chief Executive I have stood before the Legislature to address a series of high-profile issues. challenges and opportunities, but these unique times call for a unique approach,” said Governor Janet T. Mills (D).  “I look forward to delivering this year’s address in a novel way and working with the Legislature to address Maine’s challenges”, I