Even the most bitter partisan critics of Gov. Paul LePage will have to admit that his proposed budget package is as bold as anything Augusta has seen in half a century. The centerpiece of the LePage plan would dramatically reduce Maine’s personal income tax, and put the state on a path to freedom from income taxation. Already, the arrows are flying in the Governor’s direction, from all the usual suspects. Make no… Read More

More than 40 lawmakers sign on to bill criminalizing “revenge porn” February 26, 2015 Augusta – This morning, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport was joined by fellow lawmakers to announce a bipartisan effort to fight back against the disturbing trend known as “non-consensual porn” or “revenge porn.” With the introduction of LR 326: “An Act To Prohibit The Unauthorized Distribution of Certain Private Images, Maine joins the growing list of… Read More

Bold. Transformational. Controversial. Fill in the blank with your own adjective to describe Gov. Paul LePage’s budget proposal to fund the operations of state government for the next two-year budget cycle that begins on July 1. Over the next four and a half months, Maine people will have the opportunity to participate in the debate, discussion, and public hearings that will take place before we vote on the biennial budget. Gov. LePage… Read More

February 17, 2015 Augusta – Members of the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation dealt a crippling blow to LD 47, a bill that would have permanently scrapped a potential route to connect I-395 in Brewer to Route 9 and the Eddington-Clifton area. The “Ought Not to Pass” vote was nearly unanimous, 8-1, with the bill’s Democrat sponsor representing the lone vote in favor of permanently killing the proposed connector. Approximately $2.8 million… Read More

Augusta – In a true show of bipartisanship, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously on a plan that will provide $2,488,000 in funding to Maine’s county jails. The disbursement of the funds and temporary financial oversight over the county jails will be handled by Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick, who was confirmed to that position earlier this week. The money comes just in the nick of time for the… Read More

Augusta – The Appropriations Committee is today holding a public hearing on a measure to fund Maine’s jails. A stopgap measure, the legislation provides $2.1 million in funding for the state’s jails through the end of this fiscal year. Senator James Hamper (R-Oxford), Chair of the Appropriations Committee, and Representative Tom Winsor (R-Norway), Republican House Lead of the Committee, arrived at the idea about a new funding mechanism last week. “I am… Read More

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Republicans Trying To Thwart Democrat’s Anti-Jobs Agenda Augusta – House Republicans are once again being forced to drag our Democratic colleagues across the finish line on a simple bill that, if passed, would send the message to businesses that they are welcome and they’ll be appreciated here in Maine. This afternoon, the Appropriations Committee will consider LD 138, typically a rubber-stamp housecleaning bill to bring Maine’s tax code… Read More

Augusta – Wednesday, House Republicans from York County joined Maine Speaker of the House Mark Eves and other Democrats to take part in an event at Pratt & Whitney aimed at celebrating the success of a jobs program that has yielded incredible results. The program is a collaboration between Pratt & Whitney and York County Community College that has filled 1,200 new jobs in the area with the help of $330,000 in… Read More

Augusta – It’s been five days since Rep. Elizabeth Dickerson decided she no longer wanted to represent the people of Rockland and Owls Head in the Maine House of Representatives. Despite the fact Rep. Dickerson announced her plans to resign on Facebook and in a media release, as of Thursday afternoon, she had yet to submit her formal letter of resignation to the Secretary of State. House Republicans want to know why… Read More

Augusta – Tuesday, we all got the news that Madison Paper Industries would be laying off an undetermined number of employees due to a halt in paper production. House Republicans share in the frustration of the workers who must endure this temporary layoff. Rep. Brad Farrin, Rep. Larry Dunphy and Rep. Tom Skolfield all represent a number of people who are negatively impacted by these untimely layoffs. “We want them to know… Read More