Senate President Justin Alford (D-Portland) and Speaker of the House Mark Eves (D-North Berwick) have announced committee appointments for the 151 members of the Maine House and 35 members of the State Senate. Committee assignments of House members from Sagadahoc County include: Judiciary – Jennifer DeChant (D-Bath); Marine Resources – Jeremy Saxton (D- Harpswell); and Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Peter Kent (D – Woolwich). Said Speaker Eves, “We worked to assign members to committees to match their expertise and geographic needs. The choices were not easy given this extraordinary group of legislators, but we are confident our team will rise to the challenges facing our state.”
With Democrats now in control of the Maine legislature, now is an excellent time to have an honest conversation about what is truly causing the continual budget problems within the Department of Health and Human Services. Perhaps now we can work together in Augusta to find real, long term solutions that not only solve our current budget problems, but stop them from occurring in the first place. Whatever solutions we provide, they must not take the easy way out by simply slashing programs and taking health care away from those who need it the most. A good place to start is at the top of DHHS.
Affluent American families making more than $250,000 a year are convinced that President Obama’s proposed increase in their marginal tax rates means they will be paying significantly higher taxes under his plan. But according to figures from the Center for Tax Justice quoted in a recent New York Times article, most families with incomes up to $300,000 will not be affected, and many families with incomes even higher will not pay higher marginal tax rates.
You can read the Center for Tax Justice article here, which also links to the NYT article and a related story in the Boston Globe.
The newly elected Democratic majority in the Legislature have selected House and Senate leaders who in the past have clashed with Governor LePage. North Berwick Rep. Mark Evens will be Speaker of the House, and Sen Justin Alford of Portland will be Senate President. In addition two of our own, Rep. Seth Berry and Sen. Seth Goodall, were selected as majority leaders for their respective houses. For a close look at the agenda facing the legislature and their new leaders, click here.
After two years in the desert, Democrats once again control the Maine Legislature. Democrats can now check LePage’s agenda and will hold sway over the state’s constitutional officers, including Secretary of State, State Treasurer and Attorney General. For a more in-depth analysis of the results and their implications for the next two years, click here.
Go to City of Bath website here.
The Committee to Rebuild Maine’s Middle Class has launched a new website at www.theysoldusout.com where you can link to the records of 26 legislators. Each page describes how these individuals have sold out Maine’s middle class by voting for an agenda to cut taxes for the rich, raise health insurance premiums for the rest of us, and drain money for our public schools. Rather than focus on improving Maine’s economic outlook, many of them have engaged in a national campaign to interfere with womens’ health care choices. Please share this site with your friends, and “like” them on their Facebook page.
As the election draws near, Republican candidates are running from the results their policies have inflicted on middle class Mainers over the last two years. The facts, however, show that Republicans’ record in Augusta has made it harder to live, work and invest in Maine. How is it that so many people are out of work here while the rest of the country has figured out ways to emerge from the recession?
“The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting fills the gap between the diminished in-depth reporting from the existing Maine media and the need of the stateʼs citizens to be fully informed about the actions of its government and public servants.” – excerpt from their website. Go to Site: http://pinetreewatchdog.org/
More than 130 enthusiastic guests turned out for this year’s Harvest Supper and Silent Auction, sponsored by the Sagadahoc Democratic Committee. Among the speakers was July Kahrl, Director Emeritus of Pathfinder International, who reminded us what’s at stake as Republicans try to roll back the clock on Family Planning and erase hard-won reproductive rights women have come to take for granted. She pointed out that Family Planning is an economic as well as a moral or social issue. Here’s a partial summary of her remarks.