House GOP puts forward fiscally responsible plan for any state surplus money  This afternoon, House Republicans on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee opposed a new spending plan put forward by the other members of the committee. All four House Republicans on the committee voted instead to support an amendment put forward by Rep. Jeff Timberlake (R) of Turner that would put additional state revenues in the Budget Stabilization Fund commonly… Read More

LD 1343 among five bills aimed at helping Maine veterans passed as part of comprehensive amendment Augusta – This morning, the Maine House gave initial approval to a series of bills aimed at significantly helping Maine’s veterans. The bills were passed as part of a comprehensive amendment sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Kinney (R) of Limington.   Among the bills gaining approval under the amendment, LD 1343, “An Act To Increase Access to… Read More

House GOP option better protects ratepayers and provides guidance to the PUC in net metering review Augusta – Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans on the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee proposed a 3-part alternative to LD 1649 “An Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development.” This alternative proposed by Rep. Nathan Wadsworth (R) of Hiram, the ranking House Republican on the EUT Committee, protects ratepayers and provides the Public… Read More

Augusta – This morning, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport introduced legislation on behalf of Governor LePage that would help certain law enforcement agencies recruit and retain personnel in order to achieve their proper staffing levels.   The Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol are struggling to recruit and retain personnel. Colonel Robert Williams, Chief of the Maine State Police, told members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee… Read More

Augusta – Thursday morning in the House, Democrats voted against Maine’s small businesses when they refused to allow Maine voters to consider a competing measure to the minimum wage increase referendum being sent to voters this November. Late Thursday afternoon, Rep. Sue Austin (R) of Gray came up with a way to keep the debate alive and thanks to her efforts, the competing measure will live to see another day. Rep. Austin… Read More

Augusta – This afternoon, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology is holding a public hearing on LD 1649 “An Act To Modernize Maine’s Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development.” Nathan Wadsworth, the ranking House Republican on the Committee, released the following statement on LD 1649. “While we understand that technological advances are changing the solar delivery market, we believe it is paramount that whatever policy decisions we make… Read More

Compromise includes full tax conformity with federal law and formation of Commission to study education funding in Maine Augusta – This morning, a bill to fully conform to the federal tax laws overwhelmingly passed the House. In addition, a separate bill to provide more funding and accountability to Maine’s education spending also passed the House in convincing fashion. These two bills are part of a compromise reached after negotiations between all legislative… Read More

Assistant House GOP Leader Rep. Ellie Espling’s bill allows Maine seniors to stay in their homes as they grow older Augusta – A bill seeking to increase the reimbursement rates for those who provide home-based, community based healthcare services for Maine’s elderly has gained unanimous approval from the Health and Human Services Committee. The current Medicaid reimbursement rate has not been increased in 15 years and stands at $15.00 for personal support… Read More

Democrats’ amendment threatens to impose a $38 Million Tax Hike On Mainers Augusta – Once again Maine House Democrats are preventing the Maine people and businesses from filing their tax returns by stalling a bill to conform Maine’s tax code to the changes made at the federal level. House Democrats introduced an amendment they label as “a compromise” but in reality it hijacks the current bill and attempts to shift $23 million… Read More

The GOP backed plan puts more money back in the pockets of the Maine people and Maine’s small businesses. The debate over tax conformity now heads to the Senate. Augusta – This morning, in a 6-5 party line vote, Republicans and Democrats on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee split on their plans on tax conformity. The five Republicans voted in support of fully conforming Maine’s tax code with the recent changes… Read More