The Hot Stove League met in Bangor, Maine on Saturday February 21st to discuss important economic policy issues.
These meetings include state legislators and business leaders in the city, and they occur three or four times during the legislative session. The league tackled the budget deficit, tax reform, and health care. Health care dominated the discussion because 25 percent of Mainers are covered by Medicare. (Bangor Daily News, 2/23/04) Business leaders and Republican legislators discussed ways to curtail the program’s growth, but others at the meeting pointed out that neither Governor John Baldacci nor the Democrat controlled legislature were likely to reduce eligibility this session.