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Rep. Jay McCreight Reports From Augusta

Rep. Jay McCreight Reports From Augusta

  I wanted to let you know about a few things that have been going on at the State House over the past several weeks. The budget continues to be our top priority, and the committee that’s been negotiating all the details has made some progress toward an agreement – though there’s still a very… Continue Reading

Linda Baker Flip-Flops, Votes to Block Bill Protecting Clamming

In a vote of 16 to 19, Maine Senate Republicans, including Senate Republican Committee Chair Linda Baker, sustained Gov. LePage’s veto and undermined coastal towns’ ability to protect Maine’s clamming industry and address the threatening issue of green crabs. LD 435 received unanimous bipartisan support in the state’s Marine Resources Committee. Senate Republican Committee Chair… Continue Reading

A Cautionary Tale From Kansas:  Are Maine Republicans Listening?

A Cautionary Tale From Kansas: Are Maine Republicans Listening?

As our legislators consider Governor LePage’s unpaid for $1.7 billion proposal to abolish the income tax, please consider this cautionary tale from Kansas in today’s Portland Press Herald: “Income tax cuts in Kansas championed by Gov. Sam Brownback have led to credit downgrades, political turmoil and deepening budget deficits. This week, they’ll start forcing schools… Continue Reading

Jay McCreight’s Guide to Pending Reproductive Rights Bills

Jay McCreight’s Guide to Pending Reproductive Rights Bills

As yesterday’s Spring Social, Representative Jay McCreight updated us on a number of bills pending in the Maine Legislature, including those pertaining to reproductive health care.  A number of us asked if she could provide details, and Jay quickly (like within a few hours after the Social ended!) followed up with a summary of those… Continue Reading

Mike Tipping to Speak at Spring Social May 3rd

Spring is coming and so is the Spring Social! Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at the West Bath Fire Station, 192 State Road, for music, pie, and politics. (Actually, not just pie–you can expect other yummies, too!) To purchase your tickets or to join the Host Committee, click here to… Continue Reading

LePage Vetoes Library Bill

LePage Vetoes Library Bill

Last night, Gov. LePage vetoed a measure, LD 13, that exempts a statewide network of libraries, also known as the Maine InfoNet Collaborative, from sales tax. The Maine InfoNet Collaborative allows public, school, community college, and university libraries to share resources and serve patrons through a statewide digital catalog, free digital downloads of audiobooks and… Continue Reading

Legislative Update From Topsham’s Denise Tepler

Legislative Update From Topsham’s Denise Tepler

The Legislature is in full swing. Just over half of the 1,500 bills submitted by lawmakers have been introduced and sent down to one of our policy committees for public hearings, analysis, amendments and preliminary votes. We expect to keep working through bills at least until late spring.Each of us has our own legislation, and… Continue Reading

LePage Budget Threatens Higher Education

LePage Budget Threatens Higher Education

Investments in Maine students and workers play second fiddle to tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations in Governor Paul LePage’s proposed $6.5 million state budget. Lawmakers heard strong concerns from students, teachers, and experts about the lack of investment in public higher education on Monday morning during a joint hearing of the Legislature’s Appropriations… Continue Reading

“Bringing The Budget Home” Forum To Be Held In Topsham

On Tuesday, April 28, Rep Denise Tepler and the Topsham Dems will hold a public forum comparing the local impact on property taxes and services of the Governor’s proposed budget with the Democratic alternative,  “A Better Deal for Maine,”  The event will be co-hosted by Gail Eaton, Topsham Finance Committee and Jane Scease, SAD 75 Board.  Click… Continue Reading

LePage Names Carolyn Bird Sagadahoc Register of Probate

We’re happy to report that Governor LePage has appointed Democrat Carolyn Bird of Bath to the position of Sagadahoc Register of Probate.  She will complete Joan Atwood’s unexpired term and will take office in one week. Carolyn received her BA from the University of Chicago, and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in… Continue Reading

News From Chellie Pingree

News From Chellie Pingree

Be sure to check out the latest newsletter from our U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree.  She has a great update on ACA’s success in Maine, plus the latest on the Republicans’ threat to shutdown Homeland Security, including a link to the speech she gave on the House floor urging members to end this manufactured crisis.  Here’s… Continue Reading

If revenue sharing is eliminated . . .

Report from the Portland Press Herald on Maine Municipal Association’s informal meeting with legislators on LePage’s proposed elimination of revenue sharing:  “At stake for the average Mainer in the discussions is the size of their property tax bills. Cities and towns would lose $155 million in revenue under LePage’s budget, and unless they cut spending… Continue Reading

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