“Homecare” referendum seeks to impose a $310 million annual tax hike on 70,000 Mainers This afternoon, a group of progressive activists delivered signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to put one of the largest tax increases in Maine history on the ballot this November. Although the group claims their proposal would raise $132 million annually, the actual numbers show that the group is being disingenuous about their figures. Last fall, the… Read More

AUGUSTA – On Thursday, January 25, the bipartisan Legislative Council will hold a vote on LR 2863, Representative Matthew Pouliot’s (R-Augusta) bill to protect minors from sexual predators, following a series of disturbing events within his community. As an after deadline bill, LR 2863 must get approval from the Legislative Council in order to be considered by the full Legislature this year. “It came to my attention last week that a registered sex… Read More

Thursday, LD 1327 “An Act To Expedite Healthcare Employment For Military Veterans” sponsored by Rep. Brad Farrin of Norridgewock advanced out of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee with unanimous support.   The bill allows a former United States Army medic, United States Air Force medical technician, United States Navy corpsman or United States Coast Guard health services technician to perform certain medical services under the supervision of a person… Read More

This afternoon, a group of seven House Republicans questioned the constitutionality of LD 1686 “An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Distributed Energy Generation and To Eliminate Gross Metering” during a public hearing in front of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. The bill proposes to raise revenues from one group of electric ratepayers and redistribute those funds to another class of ratepayer. This fee would be mandated providing no way for… Read More

With Congress on the verge of passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette has introduced a bill aimed at providing additional tax breaks for Maine’s families. Rep. Fredette’s bill would: Double the amount of the earned income tax credit a taxpayer may claim to 10% of the federal earned income tax credit. In addition, the bill enacts a new child tax credit that allows a… Read More

  Surrounded by family and friends, Rep. Rick Mason was sworn in as the newest member of the Maine House of Representatives this morning by Governor Paul LePage.  Rep. Mason was elected in a special election last month to represent the people of Lisbon, finishing the term started by his late wife, the Honorable Gina Mason, who passed away unexpectedly in September.   “I want to thank everyone for their prayers, love… Read More

House Republican leaders Rep. Ken Fredette, Rep. Ellie Espling and other House Republican caucus members are working to make changes to the referendum process in Maine to prevent out of state special interests from gaming the system as well as to ensure that legislation presented to the Maine people at the ballot box is in line with the Maine Constitution.   House Republican Leader Rep. Ken Fredette of Newport is introducing legislation… Read More

Monday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 84-53 to preliminarily pass LD 1650 “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act”, but the vote fell short of the 101 votes needed to pass the bill as emergency legislation or survive a potential veto from the governor. Due to a variety of issues with LD 1650 that have still not been addressed, a majority of House Republicans made the decision to vote against… Read More

This morning, Rep. Jeff Pierce of Dresden sent a letter to Beth Ashcroft, the Director of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability requesting an investigation into possible abuses of Maine’s citizens’ referendum process and whether or not it still meets its original intent. The Maine Legislature continues to work on changes to the current referendum process and Rep Pierce’s request comes on the heels of the Government Oversight Committee giving… Read More

Quebec – Rep Ken Fredette of Newport led a contingent of Maine legislators on a tour to James River Bay, Quebec, to see first-hand the Provinces’ use of hydro power to develop clean, renewable energy sources that may be sold to New England.   New England states are currently planning on shutting down nuclear power plants and other energy generating sources requiring the demand for a new base load for the six… Read More