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.

Can we tax reform our way out of debt?

I, for one, welcome our new debt-concerned Democrats. As the tax reform debate wages in Washington, those on the left are assailing GOP plans from an unusual vantage: our national debt. Some estimates indicate the reform proposals will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years. That is why some Democrats claim they […]

The lesson from Tuesday? Buckle up for a wild ride.

Another exercise in American democracy has come and gone. Now, hopefully, the campaigns will get their signs picked up before the snow flies. As we prepare for another Maine winter, what can we learn from Tuesday’s results? Maine is a center-right state. Yes, the retort to this assertion will be “but Medicaid expansion!” However, advocates […]

Cheers to our corporations

While it probably won’t have a catchy name, Mainers will remember the October storm for years to come. With more power outages and likely a higher total cost than the infamous Ice Storm, it would be hard to forget. So thank goodness for corporations. Wait, what? Directing hate towards “corporations” is a cause celebre in […]

Read past this headline, or you may not understand what’s really going on

“Report: Majority Of Portland Residents Can’t Afford Average Rent, Median Home Prices” “There’s a growing gap between Republicans and Democrats on helping needy” Read those two headlines. Now, what is your first impression? Probably that Portland is on the verge of mass homelessness and that one political party doesn’t want to help needy individuals. Back […]

Government consolidation starts with two letters — L-A

Think two letters can create a major political debate? How about “L-A”? Beyond the casinos, MaineCare expansion, more than $100 million in new debt, and a technocratic constitutional amendment all appearing on the statewide November ballot, Maine’s municipalities have put their own questions to voters. In Portland, rent control and super-NIMBYism are up for debate […]

Antiquated regulations can nudge workers in wrong direction

You win some, you lose some. This week, the men of the United States national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. They had one job: Don’t lose their final qualifying match. But they did, to Trinidad and Tobago, a country with a population approximately equal to the state of Maine. So […]

I’ve got all the answers. Now what was the question?

42. That’s a Deep Thought. Well, more specifically, it is the result given by a supercomputer called “Deep Thought” as the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything” in the famous book, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” by Douglas Adams. That strange and esoteric response led Deep Thought to explain […]

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and remove your hats

Another football weekend is upon us. Friday night will see high school boys under the lights, while collegiate student-athletes will take the field on Saturday. And Sunday? We’ll have another round of NFL football with its associated acrimony about the national anthem. This entire controversy is nonsensical; countless words have already been thrown at it. […]

We have met the investors, and they are us

The Bangor Mall and Medicare for All. If you’ll bear with me, I’ll try to tie these two together. Think I can do it? This past week, the Bangor Daily News reported that the Bangor Mall may soon be insolvent; its total debt will exceed the value of the assets. That is not entirely surprising. […]

Laws are tricky; that’s why voters have other people make them

Laws are tricky things. Just ask the Portland City Council. This past week, seven members went on a learning junket out into Portland’s harbor to inspect safety improvements at the historic Fort Gorges. The problem? Maine’s “Freedom of Access Act.” It specifies that, when three or more public officials are gathered in any official capacity, […]