Governor Mills Takes Credit for Federal Relief Programs

In a demonstration of the shortest memory in Maine gubernatorial history, Governor Mills, just seventeen hours after signing the second of three spending bills in four months that excluded Republicans, issued a press release claiming that “my Administration has worked in a bipartisan fashion with the Legislature.” In a press release today, the Governor claims … Continue reading Governor Mills Takes Credit for Federal Relief Programs

State Legislature Adjourns On a Sour, Partisan Note

(AUGUSTA, ME) – Only twice in at least the last half-century have legislative members of a Maine political party forced a budget through without the input of the other party. The current Democrats in the State Legislature have now done this twice in four months, locking Republicans and their constituents out of the budget process … Continue reading State Legislature Adjourns On a Sour, Partisan Note

Democrats Use Last Minute Poison Pill to Derail State Spending Agreement

(Augusta, ME) – After days of general agreement between the parties on how best to spend more than $1 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Democrats suddenly announced that they had decided to change their plans, abandon our agreements, and introduce new spending proposals that they knew would not be acceptable to … Continue reading Democrats Use Last Minute Poison Pill to Derail State Spending Agreement

Senate Republicans Fund Two Bills Important to Aroostook County

(AUGUSTA, ME) – At the end of the budget process every two years, Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate of the Legislature receive a small amount of money to fund bills that have been enacted, but were not funded in the budget. This year, each of the four caucuses received $2 million … Continue reading Senate Republicans Fund Two Bills Important to Aroostook County

Budget Agreement Has Important Elements for Mainers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/28/2021 (AUGUSTA, ME)—Proving that diligent discussion and negotiation can produce positive results, members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee have reached unanimous agreement on a new, supplemental budget for state government. Republicans have insisted that proposed tax relief extend to everyone who worked through the pandemic and not just those workers who … Continue reading Budget Agreement Has Important Elements for Mainers

State House to Open Again – But with Different Rules from Everyone Else

(AUGUSTA, ME)— The Legislative Council, the body that controls the State Capitol building, voted yesterday to open the Capitol to the public for the first time in more than a year. Also, beginning June 2, the House and Senate will hold their full meetings in their respective chambers while committee meetings will continue to be … Continue reading State House to Open Again – But with Different Rules from Everyone Else

A Bill to Create an Automatic Retirement Program Deserves a “Yes” Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 5/21/21 (AUGUSTA, ME)—One of the bills that will come before the House and Senate in the State Legislature soon deserves the support of all Legislators. LD 1622: “An Act to Promote Individual Retirement Savings through a Public-Private Partnership,” sometimes called the “Work and Save” bill, this legislation would create a program that … Continue reading A Bill to Create an Automatic Retirement Program Deserves a “Yes” Vote

Alarming New Federal Nursing Home Data Raises Serious Questions About Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5/17/21 From Sen. Brad Farrin (AUGUSTA, ME) – On Thursday, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its weekly data on the COVID-related infection and death rates in nursing homes across the country. This data includes the week ending May 2. For the fourth time in the six weeks … Continue reading Alarming New Federal Nursing Home Data Raises Serious Questions About Maine