LePage's half-steps on LMF continue to disregard voters' will

Posted: October 28, 2015 | Front Page, News Items, Senator Alfond, Senator Hill

AUGUSTA — Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday night welcomed news that Gov. Paul LePage would unfreeze $2.2 million in cash earmarked for ongoing Land for Maine’s Future projects.

However, Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond of Portland and Assistant Democratic Leader Dawn Hill of York said LePage still had a long way to go before he was square with Maine voters.

“This is a first step, but we’re right back where we were a month ago when we first learned the governor was trying to freeze LMF work entirely,” Alfond said. “The governor is still holding $11.5 million of voter-approved bonds hostage in his outrageous attempt to extort concessions from the Legislature.”

The millions of dollars of bond funding is slated to support conservation projects in dozens of communities around the state. These projects protect recreational wildlife areas, working waterfronts and family farms.

“As we’ve said all along, the governor does not have the right to veto the will of the voters,” Hill said. “Simply unfreezing operational funds isn’t enough. LMF must be freed from the political brinksmanship and uncertainty that have become hallmarks of this administration. The bonds must be released now.”