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

Time is of the essence as this bill impacts those Mainers filing their tax returns right now Augusta –Monday morning, members of the Taxation Committee voted to advance LD 1564 “An Act To Update References to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 Contained in the Maine Revised Statutes” which essentially conforms the Maine tax code to the changes made at the federal level. Several of the tax benefits are aimed… Read More

Augusta – Thursday afternoon, 56 House Republicans signed on to a letter from Rep. Heather Sirocki to Attorney General Janet Mills requesting a legal opinion regarding the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting here in Maine. This initiative is set to be sent to the Maine voters but House Republicans believe it would be irresponsible to send an initiative out to the Maine people that may violate the Maine Constitution. Rep. Sirocki brought this… Read More

Augusta – Tuesday, the House and Senate unanimously approved a bill to help fight the Maine’s drug crisis and a short time later Governor LePage signed the bill into law. The passage of the LD 1537 “An Act To Combat Drug Addiction through Enforcement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery” is a good first step but a more comprehensive approach is still needed. House Republicans had two major issues with the bill in its… Read More

The funding source is the main sticking point to the bill’s passage Augusta –This afternoon, the four House Republicans on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee split with the rest of the committee members in a 9-4 vote on LD 1537 “An Act To Combat Drug Addiction through Enforcement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.” House Republicans have two major issues that are illustrated in the minority report out of the committee: 1. The… Read More

Newest House Republican Members Assigned to State and Local Government Committee While Two other House Republicans removed while House Democrats status remains unchanged Augusta – House Republicans are pleased to have our two newest members seated in the House Chamber and assigned to their respective committees. Rep. Matt Harrington (R) of Springvale and Rep. Lester Ordway (R) of Standish were both assigned to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government…. Read More

Augusta – Tuesday, the Appropriations Committee, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee listened to public testimony on a bill to address the current drug crisis in Maine. The bill in its current form would add funding for 10 additional Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and also contains a hastily put together “plan” to address the treatment side of this issue. During the hearing, Department of Public… Read More

Augusta – This afternoon, House Republicans spoke about their caucus priorities as we head into the session which begins this week. From day one, House Republicans have been steadfast in their commitment to control state spending and we have no plans to waver from that commitment. The Maine Legislature must deal with a number of challenges as legislators return to Augusta this week. Maine is in the midst of the worst drug… Read More

House Republican Leaders Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport and Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester have said all along their top priority when it comes to the drug crisis has been to provide the Maine Drug Enforcement Agents with the 10 new agents they so desperately need to fight the influx of heroin and other drugs into Maine. Below is a joint statement from Rep. Fredette and Rep. Espling regarding the news… Read More