Public Hearing on LD 1231 scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 @ 1:00 p.m.   STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston) is alerting the public to a proposed new carbon tax on all fuels sold in Maine. LD 1231 – “An Act To Fund Energy Efficiency Programs through a Fee on the Sale of Unregulated Heating Fuels,” introduced by nine Democrats, imposes “a new fee [tax] of 1% on the wholesale sale price… Read More

Hello, this is Amy Arata, the State Representative from New Gloucester. Governor Mills has proposed an $8.04 billion dollar General Fund budget. That is an 11% increase over the current $7.2 billion dollar budget. Governor Mills promised that this tremendous budget increase will be “sustainable” and that the massive expansion of Medicaid for able-bodied, child-less adults would be paid for without new taxes.  I wish that this were possible, but the evidence… Read More

Public Hearing: Work/Volunteer requirement for able-bodied, childless adults receiving free healthcare from taxpayers Public Hearing on LD 981 scheduled for Monday, March 25 @ 1:00 p.m. STATEHOUSE – Rep. Beth O’Connor (R-Berwick) is encouraging the public to testify on her bill requiring Governor Mills to implement a federal waiver granted to Maine allowing the state to require able-bodied, childless adults to work, volunteer or attend school in order to receive free healthcare… Read More

Our founders established a system of checks and balances designed to protect everyone, especially minorities, from the tyranny of the majority. It is a result of comprise that brings people together for the good of the whole. The Legislature’s Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, of which I am a member, recently held a public hearing on two bills designed to subvert the Electoral College in electing the President of the United… Read More

Maine House reaffirms 2011 Republican health care law that lowered costs, covered adult children and protected preexisting conditions Bi-partisan passage of LD1 protects historic Republican health care law (PL90) STATEHOUSE – Maine House Democrats and Republicans joined together today to protect the historic health care law, PL90, passed by Republicans in 2011.  The vote was 143-3. PL90 was a private sector solution that resulted in lower insurance costs after years of 20-30%… Read More

Governors King (I), Baldacci (D) and LePage (R) all issued Proclamations recognizing Maine Home Education Week STATEHOUSE – Maine House Republicans today expressed disappointment regarding Governor Janet Mills’ denial of a request by Maine Home Schoolers for an official Proclamation recognizing Maine Home School Week. The denial follows 32-years of bi-partisan tradition recognizing the importance of school choice and home school education. Governors McKernan (R), King (I), Baldacci (D) and LePage (R)… Read More

Public Hearing on LD 186 scheduled for Monday, March 11 @ 10:00 a.m. STATEHOUSE – Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) has introduced legislation to require that only a person who is a citizen of the United States may vote in a state, county or municipal or other local elections. LD 186 – RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Specify the Qualifications of Electors will allow Maine voters… Read More

Maine Democrats Pushing for Taxpayer Funded Abortions 81 Democrats sign bill to require that Maine taxpayers pay for abortion services denied under federal law STATEHOUSE – Eighty-one (81) Maine legislative Democrats have introduced a bill to require that Maine taxpayers to pay for abortion services denied under federal law. L.D. 820 “An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine.” The bill’s introduction comes after… Read More

J“UNSUSTAINABLE” “This afternoon Senate and House Republicans received a budget briefing from the Governor’s staff. We await the official budget document and the details that it will contain. From what little information we have at this part in the process, it is our concern  that the budget she is proposing is unsustainable. Initial thoughts The current baseline budget is $7.215 billion The Governor is proposing a $8.04 billion budget Reaching that number… Read More

House Republicans urge Governor to make welfare fraud unit a priority to ensure scarce resources are spent on Maine’s most vulnerable citizens STATEHOUSE – Maine House Republicans are urging Governor Mills to make the Welfare Fraud Unit a priority after a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) report showed that Seventy percent (70%) of calls and allegations made to the Fraud Investigations and Recovery Unit (FIRU) were found to be legitimate…. Read More