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    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    Weekly Radio Address: Alfond says, “As we consider the issues the new legislature has to tackle, it’s clear that the stakes are too high for us not to listen to one another.”

    As 2014 draws to a close and we look upon the new year, it is a natural opportunity to evaluate—what we can do better, differently, and our successes. Welcoming a new year is an obvious marker of new beginnings.   Good Morning. This is Justin Alfond, the Senate Democratic Leader....
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    MAINE ENERGY RATEPAYERS GET THE ‘SHORT END OF STICK’

    Déjà vu politics: LePage admin reneges on contract, business goes elsewhere AUGUSTA – Assistant Democratic Leader Dawn Hill released the following statement in response to Maine’s loss of a long-term power purchase agreement from SunEdison. “It feels a bit like a scene from Alice in Wonderland. In what scenario will businesses or ratepayers be on...

    Breen says, LePage’s tired tactic of political hostage-taking is standing in the way of Maine projects

    Good Morning. This is State Senator Cathy Breen from Falmouth.   Politics gets a bad rap these days. Most days, I disagree with that perception; but it’s no wonder that people feel frustrated when politicians promise one thing, and then do another.   That’s the case right now with Governor Paul LePage and his holding...

    COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

    Nonprofits, businesses, and law enforcement work with public school to assess the community’s challenges AUGUSTA – A measure to help Maine’s education system meet the needs of all learners, from early childhood into adulthood, and prepares Maine students for college, careers, and civic life was unanimously supported by the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.  ...

    Senator Diamond Welcomes Windham Middle School Student Cordelia Inman to the Maine Senate

    AUGUSTA – Cordelia Inman of Windham recently served as an Honorary Page in the Maine Senate for the day as a guest of Senator Bill Diamond. Senator Diamond invited Cordelia to the State House for earning Student of the Month at Windham Middle School. The Honorary Page program gives students an opportunity to participate in...

    GOP SENATORS SUPPORT MEASURE TO STYMIE VOTER PARTICIPATION

    Voter ID: “unnecessary solution in search of a problem”   AUGUSTA – In a vote of 18 – 17, with Senators Katz and Langley joining the Democrats, Maine Republican Senators gave initial support for a measure requiring a photo ID in order to vote.   “As we’ve found again and again, voter fraud is not...

    SENATOR GERZOFSKY PRESENTS MEASURE TO ATTRACT MAJOR BUSINESSES TO MAINE

    AUGUSTA – A bill to create a capital investment to attract major business development and create quality paying jobs in Maine was presented before the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. “We all want quality jobs here in Maine – for Maine people,” said Senator Stan Gerzofsky of Brunswick, sponsor of the bill....

    MEASURE TO REDUCE POVERTY FOR WORKING MAINERS BROADLY SUPPORTED

    Earned Income Tax Credit “recognizes the value of Mainers going to work”   AUGUSTA – A measure seeking to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefit for working Mainers received strong support during a public hearing in the state’s Taxation Committee today.   “The EITC recognizes the value of Mainers going to work every...

    BILL AIMS TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

    Sen. Alfond introduces measure to enact recommendations of Task Force   AUGUSTA–A bill aimed at ending childhood hunger received strong support during a public hearing in the state’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee today.   “This is an ambitious bill, but it is one that meets the scope of our challenge,” said State Senate Democratic...

    SENATE ENACTS MEASURE BANNING UNSOLICITED LOAN CHECKS

    “Live” checks: Bad deal that preys on elderly   AUGUSTA –  A measure that prohibits financial institutions and creditors from mailing unsolicited loan offers known as “live” checks passed in the Maine Senate today.   “Now when someone receives one of these ‘live’ checks they can call the Attorney General and they will have an...

    Bipartisan Coalition of Mayors Back Key Portions of the Better Deal for Maine

    Speaker Eves, Senator Alfond welcome support from community leaders for tax reform plan   (AUGUSTA) — A bipartisan coalition of 12 mayors from cities and towns across the state on Tuesday endorsed key elements included in the Democrats’ Better Deal for Maine tax reform plan. The plan cuts taxes for the middle class, lowers property...

    Legislative Funding Progress and Historic Designation for Wood Island Station

    AUGUSTA – Legislation sponsored by Senator Dawn Hill of Cape Neddick to provide $200,000 in state funding for the restoration project at Kittery’s historic Wood Island life saving station has moved through both the House and Senate.  It awaits end of session action in the appropriations process.     “This is another excellent step in...

    CONSERVATION LAND IN JEOPARDY: RALLY FOR KNIGHT’S POND

    Plea made for Gov. LePage to release voter-approved bonds   CUMBERLAND – A group of concerned citizens, local officials, and state lawmakers gathered today at the site of Knight’s Pond and Blueberry Hill, a 215 acre property in jeopardy due to Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to release voter-approved, Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) bond monies....