Senate President and House Republican Leader Say Budget Cannot Include Highest in the Nation Tax Bracket April 27, 2017 AUGUSTA – With the state budget deadline approaching, Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) and House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) today announced any two-year budget agreement cannot include an onerous three-percent surcharge that will give Maine the dubious distinction of having the highest tax bracket in the nation. Republican leadership has been… Read More

Maine now has the least amount of government workers and highest private sector workforce ever Maine’s unemployment rate continues to be headed in the right direction and Friday, the Maine Department of Labor released the latest numbers showing it has now reached a new historic low. According to the Maine DOL: “The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.0 percent for March was the lowest on record since the current estimation methodology… Read More

Tuesday, flanked by members of the House Republican caucus, House GOP Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport was pleased to announce he will be sponsoring the welfare Reform for Increased Security and Employment Act (RISE Act) put forward by Governor Paul LePage. The bill codifies many of the most successful welfare reforms implemented by the LePage Administration. Among the reforms that would be codified as a result of the RISE Act: Require… Read More

Speaker has failed to take action on blatant violation of the law Rep. Ryan Tipping (D) of Orono is in clear violation of the Maine ethics laws and as the law clearly states, Rep. Tipping now “is presumed to have a conflict of interest on every question and must be precluded or subject to penalty…” Below is the timeline and the statute Rep. Tipping has violated: In May of 2016, Rep. Ryan… Read More

Last Thursday, Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie Espling of New Gloucester sent a letter to Senate President Mike Thibodeau and House Speaker Sara Gideon requesting they convene a Joint Select Committee that would work solely on the drug crisis that is crippling Maine. “It is with the utmost respect to the Speaker and Senate President and the difficult decisions they have in front of them that I make this request,” said… Read More

Augusta – Wednesday, House Republican Leaders expressed their outrage over President Obama’s decision to create a national monument in Maine’s North Woods. The President’s decision deals a serious blow to Maine’s tradition of outdoor recreation like snowmobiling and hunting. This will also likely hurt our state’s forestry industry and the overall economic outlook of the region.   “This unilateral federal overreach is shameful and outrageous,” said Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Ellie… Read More

Rep. Fredette Applauds PUC Decision To Expand Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity This afternoon, in a move aimed at lowering electricity costs in Maine, the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave their approval to expand natural gas capacity in New England contingent upon other New England states stepping up and making similar approvals. Today’s action by the PUC stems from the 2013 passage of LD 1559 “An Act To Reduce Energy Costs, Increase Energy… Read More

Augusta – Wednesday afternoon, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport met with Governor LePage, House Speaker Mark Eves, House Democratic Leader Jeff McCabe, Senate President Mike Thobodeau and Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond to see if an agreement could be reached regarding the governor’s concern over the funding sources for four bills passed by the Maine Legislature during the recently completed session. “The Governor has been clear in identifying the problems… Read More

Bill to prevent abuse of welfare dollars passes House after GOP amendment stiffens penalties for welfare fraud For the past six years, House Republicans have been fighting to pass legislation that addresses the abuses within Maine’s welfare programs and this evening, the Maine House did just that with the passage of LD 1097 by a vote of  106 – 38 . The bill and a subsequent amendment put forward by Sen. Erik… Read More

Maine now facing millions in fines due to non-compliance with federal work requirements for TANF recipients Augusta – In a party line vote, House Democrats passed LD 1268 “An Act To Reform Welfare by Establishing Bridges to Sustainable Employment” which is nothing more than a massive expansion of welfare which they are trying to sell to the Maine people as welfare reform. In addition, a bill whose original intent was to align… Read More