Sen. Carney receives perfect score on education voting record

Posted: July 25, 2022 | Senator Carney

AUGUSTA — Sen. Anne Carney, D-Cape Elizabeth, earned a 100 percent score from the Maine Education Association for her voting record on legislation to support students, teachers and families. Sen. Carney is one of 19 state senators who earned a perfect score from MEA for their 2022 voting record.

“Across the district, I know that educators, students and their families have been enduring tremendous challenges,” said. Sen. Carney. “While their adaptability and resilience impress me, I knew my colleagues and I needed to step up as lawmakers and offer some relief. I’m very proud that no Maine student will go hungry at school and an entire cohort of high school graduates can go to community college for free. When we invest in Maine’s young people, we invest in a better, brighter future for all of us.”

This year, Sen. Carney voted to continue funding free, universal school meals, fully fund education at 55 percent, invest in career and technical education and provide two years of free community college for Maine high school graduates from the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. In addition, she supported the creation of an Education Rainy Day Fund to ensure the state is able to continue funding K-12 public education at the 55 percent threshold. Last year marked the first time in the state’s history that the Legislature met that threshold, which was mandated by Maine voters at the ballot box in 2004. This fund will ensure the Legislature fulfills its obligation and will alleviate the burden that often falls on property taxpayers.

Sen. Carney also voted in favor of bills to expand family and medical leave protections for hourly school employees and to ensure that teachers can take time off for COVID-related illness even if they don’t have accrued leave.

MEA represents 24,000 Maine teachers and promotes policies and investments that ensure that educators’ voices, values and priorities are heard and respected both in the workplace and at the State House.

In the Legislature Sen. Carney remains committed to fighting for Maine students, teachers and school staff.

The full MEA 2022 Legislative Scorecard can be found here.