Maine House GOP

Monthly Archives: June 2017

House GOP plan seeks to solve the problems in education not simply throw money at it Maine House Republicans have put forward a 2-year budget that is a reasonable compromise in hopes that all parties can agree. The new proposal includes $125 million in new education funding along with significant education and economic reforms we believe will move Maine forward. House Republicans have been consistent in their position that they would only… Read More

Monday, Maine House Democrats voted against a pair of bills that would have better protected our law enforcement officers and first responder, opting instead to side with criminals. The following bills were struck down by Maine House Democrats: LD 1512 “An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of First Responders” which makes it a crime for a person, knowing the person is infected with an aggressive blood-borne pathogen, to intentionally, knowingly… Read More

Plan would reduce top rate to 6.99 and drop corporate tax rate to 8.33% House Republicans laid out their budget report in the Appropriations Committee that not only eliminates the disastrous 3 percent surcharge, but also reduces the income tax for working Maine families and Maine businesses.   The House Republican budget report would do the following:   Repeal the 3 percent surcharge entirely.   Reduce the top income tax rate from… Read More

House Republicans renewed their call for a voluntary statewide teacher contract, insisting that the bill be part of the education reforms included in any budget proposal that House Republicans will support.   Currently, Maine teacher contracts are negotiated with officials from each individual school district. This bill would authorize the State of Maine to bargain for a statewide educator contract that chooses to opt-in for standard salary and benefits in Maine‚Äôs public… Read More

Wednesday, House Democrats argued in opposition to LD 250 “An Act To Increase the Penalty for Aggravated Sex Trafficking” sponsored by Rep. Trey Stewart of Presque Isle. This bill seeks to increase the crime of aggravated sex trafficking to a Class A crime allowing a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Current law only classifies it as a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.   On… Read More