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

Augusta – Tuesday afternoon, top Democrat leaders gathered in the Hall of Flags to deliver their top legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Although what we heard sounded eerily similar to the speeches Democrats gave on the campaign trail, it was at the very least refreshing to hear their tone has changed from the past two years, when they were happy to play the role of obstructionists when it came to paying… Read More

The following is a link to a Bangor Daily News article on the resignation of Rep. Dickerson. House Republicans wish her all the best in her future endeavors. href=”http://http://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/11/news/midcoast/democratic-state-representative-from-rockland-resigns/”>

Augusta – House Republican leaders are thrilled at the news of Governor LePage’s nomination of Carlisle McLean to the Public Utilities Commission. Her background in environmental land use and climate strategy make her a perfect fit for the job. House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport has been a leader on energy reforms in his time in the legislature. He co-sponsored the historic omnibus energy bill last session that helped to cut… Read More