(Augusta, ME) 7/8/21 - 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 … Continue reading Senate Republicans Fund Five Bills As Session Ends
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
Sen. Matt Pouliot explains why Governor Mills misses the mark with her plan to pay people who haven't been working $1,500 to go back to work. It's time to end the $300 a week in bonus unemployment benefits now. https://videopress.com/v/9K3oHr8c?preloadContent=metadata
(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
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
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
(AUGUSTA, ME) – With little more than two weeks before Memorial Day and the unofficial opening of tourism season in Maine, the announcement by Governor Mills that she is lifting many of the remaining COVID-related restrictions is welcome and timely news. The message sent by the Governor’s actions to potential visitors offers hope that the … Continue reading Maine Senate Republicans Thank Governor Mills for Further Opening Our State
(AUGUSTA, ME)—A recent poll shows 8 in 10 Maine people have a positive view of law enforcement. The same poll showed 88% of Mainers feel that addressing the shortage of officers in our state is a priority. This support is well founded. Maine is in the midst of five consecutive years during which the crime … Continue reading Maine Law Enforcement Deserves Our Support
LATEST 5/14/21: Maine's infection rate now leads the nation. 4th time in 6 weeks See the latest CMS report by clicking here. Available data as of Friday April 30, 2021.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine has the "most generous" unemployment benefit of any U.S. state. This calculation is based on the average weekly unemployment benefit and the average weekly wage. This "replacement rate" is the share of a worker’s wages that is replaced by unemployment benefits. Maine's average payout is about 130% … Continue reading During the Pandemic Maine Had the “Most Generous” Unemployment Compensation in the U.S.