Dems take Opportunity Agenda on the Road

Posted: April 19, 2017 | Senator Jackson

Lawmakers to tour Maine for budget that cuts property taxes, fully funds schools and invests in communities, families and jobs

AUGUSTA — After an enthusiastic reception at a recent Town Hall meeting in Bangor, Democratic lawmakers from the House and Senate will visit at least 12 more communities in the coming weeks to talk directly with Mainers about the Opportunity Agenda.

The tour will begin Wednesday night in Scarborough, where Democratic leaders will be joined by the local State House delegation at 6 p.m. at Camp Ketcha.

Additional forums will take place throughout April and early May — including a one-day, three-city tour on Saturday, April 22, with stops in Millinocket, Old Town and Hallowell — where local representatives and senators will meet directly with constituents to discuss the Opportunity Agenda and answer questions.

The Opportunity Agenda, the Democrat’s budget proposal for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, calls for the largest property tax cut in Maine history; invests in jobs and the economy; fully funds public schools; makes college degrees more affordable and attainable; supports families, seniors, children and veterans; and provides meaningful student debt relief. And it does it all without unnecessary cuts to current services and without raising new taxes.

“We know there’s a lot of energy out there for lower property taxes, fully funded public schools, student debt relief and investments in our economy,” said Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson. “The budget process doesn’t just belong in stuffy rooms at the State House. That’s why we’re hitting the road to meet directly with Mainers and build support for the Opportunity Agenda. Maine’s budget should work for all Maine families, not just the wealthy few who would benefit from the governor’s budget proposal.”

“It is our commitment to be the voice of Maine people in this budget debate — that means traveling to their communities, meeting with them directly and carrying their voices back to Augusta,” said Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. “The problems we need to solve are bigger than this budget, bigger than the next two years and bigger than the current administration. By bolstering Maine’s foundation with our Opportunity Agenda, Maine’s economy can thrive. We all want good jobs, secure families, and strong communities. We look forward to hearing from Mainers about their vision for our future.”

The tour schedule may be found below. Additional stops will be announced as they are scheduled. Click the event heading to RSVP on Facebook!

SCARBOROUGH TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19

WHO: Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson, House Majority Leader Erin Herbig, Senate Democratic Whip Nate Libby, House Majority Whip Jared Golden, Sen. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth.
WHERE: Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road.

SOUTH PORTLAND TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20

WHO: Senator Rebecca Millett and Reps. Scott Hamman, Kevin Battle and Lois Reckitt.
WHERE: South Portland Parks and Recreation, 21 Nelson Road.

MILLINOCKET  TOWN HALL — 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22

WHO: Jackson, Golden, Sen. Jim Dill Rep. Stephen Stanley of Medway.
WHERE: Millinocket Memorial Library, 5 Maine Ave.

OLD TOWN TOWN HALL — 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22

WHO: Jackson, Golden, Dill and Reps. Michelle Dunphy and Ryan Tipping.
WHERE: Old Town High School, 203 Stillwater Ave.

HALLOWELL TOWN HALL — 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22

WHO: Jackson, Golden, Sen. Shenna Bellows of Manchester, Rep. Charlotte Warren of Hallowell.
WHERE: American Legion Hall, 114 2nd Street.

BIDDEFORD TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Monday, April 24

WHO: Jackson, Libby, Sen. Cathy Breen of Falmouth, Sen. Susan Deschambault and Reps. Ryan Fecteau and Martin Grohmann.
WHERE: Little Theater, Biddeford High School, 20 Maplewood Ave.

LEWISTON TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25

WHO: Libby, Golden and Reps. Heidi Brooks, Jim Handy and Roger Fuller.
WHERE: Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.

BELFAST TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 26

WHO: Jackson, Herbig, Libby, Golden.
WHERE: Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave.

SACO TOWN HALL — 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30

WHO: Sen. Justin Chenette and Reps. Maggie O’Neil and Donna Bailey.
WHERE: Saco City Hall, 300 Main St.

BATH TOWN HALL — 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1

WHO: Sen. Eloise Vitelli and Reps. Jennifer DeChant and Jay McCreight.
WHERE: Cafeteria, Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Rd.

TOPSHAM TOWN HALL — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6

WHO: Sen. Eloise Vitelli and Reps. Denise Tepler and Seth Berry.
WHERE: Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd.

WOOLWICH TOWN HALL — 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11

WHO: Sen. Eloise Vitelli
WHERE: Woolwich Town Office, 13 Nequasset Rd.