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House Republicans Anxious To Get To Work As Cloture Arrives
Augusta – The deadline for members of the 127th Legislature to submit bills for consideration has now come and gone and House Republicans are now ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
“We’re very anxious to get to work in a bipartisan fashion to craft and pass legislation that helps Maine create jobs in the private sector,” said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette. “We need to give our young people the opportunity to find good paying jobs in Maine instead of forcing them to have to look out of state to find prosperity.”
Most of the bills that have been submitted by our caucus to the Revisor’s Office reflect our core priorities for the upcoming session. Those priorities include:
• Energy: Lowering Maine’s energy costs has to be one of the top priorities of this session. High energy costs are squeezing some of the state’s largest employers like Verso Paper and the Old Town Fuel and Fiber to the point where they’re shutting their doors. This is unacceptable and we need to focus our attention on the solution to Maine’s energy crisis.
• Tax Reform: We believe there is a way to cut or perhaps eliminate the state income tax while still generating enough revenue to pay for essential government services. We’re committed to striking the right balance that not only keeps Mainers hard earned money in their pockets but also makes sure the state is meeting its responsibilities.
• Welfare Reform: We need to continue to fix our broken welfare system to prevent fraud and abuse so Maine’s most vulnerable citizens are the ones benefitting. We need to make sure our system puts Mainers on a path to work and not a path to dependency.
”Republicans will stand strong with the governor in achieving a substantial or even elimination of the state’s income tax,” Fredette said. “We’re anticipating a battle but we’re hopeful that Democrats were paying attention to the will of the people in November and will work with us to put Maine on the right path moving forward.”
“While we fully support the governor’s agenda, we can’t lose sight of the fact that we work for our constituents and they come first ahead of any political wrangling,” said Assistant House Republican Leader Ellie Espling of New Gloucester.