Sagadahoc County’s Democratic state legislators will host a series of public forums on the Opportunity Agenda, the Democratic budget proposal for 2018 and 2019.

The first forum will take place on Monday, May 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Bath Middle School and will be hosted by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath and Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell.

The second forum will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Topsham Public Library and will be hosted by Vitelli, Rep. Denise Tepler, D-Topsham, Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, and McCreight.

The third forum will take place on Thursday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Woolwich Town Office and will be hosted by Vitelli.

Lawmakers will make brief presentations and then answer questions from the audience.

The Opportunity Agenda calls for the largest property tax cut in Maine history, invests in jobs and the economy, fully funds public schools, makes college degrees more affordable and attainable, supports families, seniors, children and veterans and provides meaningful student debt relief. It does all of those things without unnecessary cuts and without raising new taxes.

The Opportunity Agenda builds on the current budget established in 2015, leaving current services intact while leveraging new revenue to invest in Maine’s future.

Vitelli, a member of the Marine Resources Committee, represents all of Sagadahoc County plus the town of Dresden in Lincoln County. She is serving her second term, having previously served in the Senate from 2013 to 2014.

Berry represents Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Swan Island, and most of Richmond. He previously served from 2006-2014, the final two years as House Majority Leader. He co-chairs the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.

DeChant, a member of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and the Government Oversight Committee, is serving her third term in the Maine House and represents all of Bath.

McCreight is serving her second term in the Maine House and represents Harpswell, West Bath and northeastern Brunswick. She co-chairs the Legislature’s task force to address the state’s opioid crisis and also serves on the Taxation and Judiciary Committees.

Tepler is serving her second term in the Maine House and represents all of Topsham. She is a member of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which oversees all budget-related legislation.

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