Appropriations Committee cements 55 percent education funding, increased revenue sharing in budget plan
AUGUSTA – On Monday, the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted in favor of several line items in the budget change package, including funding K-12 public schools at 55 percent, and increasing revenue sharing to 4.5 percent for 2022 and 5 percent for 2023. All of...
The Back-to-Basics Budget funds schools, rural health care and property tax relief AUGUSTA – Today, the Maine Legislature adopted a responsible biennial budget that provides critical funding for schools, property tax relief, rural health care and nursing homes in a vote of 77-67 in the House...
Senator Cathy Breen is serving her fourth term in the Maine Senate, where she represents the people of Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Gray, Long Island, Chebeague Island and part of Westbrook. She is the chair of the budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, having previously served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
As Chair of the Appropriations Committee in the 129th Legislature, Senator Breen oversaw a biennial budget that lowered property taxes, paid for expanded health care, increased the state share of school funding to the highest level in Maine history and put a record amount of money in the Rainy Day Fund without raising income taxes. The budget passed with broad bipartisan support.
Senator Breen is deeply committed to responsible environmental stewardship. She sponsored a bill to fund the Land for Maine’s Future program through a bond initiative that secured 104 co-sponsors. The bill was not subject to a vote due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was a member of the bipartisan Land Conservation Task Force and was appointed to the Maine Climate Council’s Natural and Working Lands sub-group by Governor Janet Mills. In 2007, as chairwoman of the Falmouth Town Council, she shepherded the passage of the Open Space referendum, one of the most successful municipal efforts to conserve local land and wildlife habitat in Maine history.
Senator Breen’s other legislative priorities include pay equity. She sponsored a bill — now law — to prohibit employers from using past salary information when negotiating pay with new hires. Another bill created the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program to reduce suspension and expulsion rates by providing resources for teachers and parents of young children. And she assembled and co-chaired the Working Group on Mental Health, a task force charged with reviewing Mainers’ access to quality mental health care.
Senator Breen lives in Falmouth with her husband and has two adult children.
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Senator Cathy Breen serves on the board of directors of Spurwink Services, a statewide agency that addresses the needs of children and adults with behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities. From 2004 to 2007, she served on the board of Community Counseling Center.
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