Democrats Unanimously Vote to Raise Insurance Costs

(AUGUSTA, ME) in yet another partisan vote, Democrats in the Legislature defeated two bills intended to preserve lower insurance rates for individuals and small group markets and improve consumer choice. Maine’s individual insurance market has experienced an 11% reduction in premiums and increased coverage options. LDs 352 “An Act to Maintain the Integrity of the … Continue reading Democrats Unanimously Vote to Raise Insurance Costs

Maine Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Nursing Home Funding

(AUGUSTA, ME)—Last week, the Maine CDC revealed that nearly 60% of all COVID-related deaths in Maine have been among residents of long-term care facilities, including nursing homes (58.2%). We have known for years now that nursing homes are desperately understaffed due to a lack of funding and this clearly has diminished the level of care … Continue reading Maine Senate Republicans Call For Immediate Nursing Home Funding

Democrats Vote Unanimously Against Every Bill Limiting the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Despite an overwhelming outcry from the people of Maine who submitted nearly 400 pieces of written testimony with a ratio of 40:1 in favor, Democrats on the State and Local Government Committee today unanimously voted against all 14 bills that would have required a governor to collaborate with the Legislature before renewing emergency declarations. Every … Continue reading Democrats Vote Unanimously Against Every Bill Limiting the Governor’s Emergency Powers

Senators Brad Farrin and Scott Cyrway Welcome the State’s Decision to Drop Controversial Dam Removal Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 April 8, 2021 (Augusta, ME) – Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced today that his department will drop its planned changes to the Kennebec River management plan that had been the subject of a controversial rule-making process that ended recently. The plan called for removal of at least … Continue reading Senators Brad Farrin and Scott Cyrway Welcome the State’s Decision to Drop Controversial Dam Removal Plan

Senator Rick Bennett Has Questions for New Poland Spring Owner

Senator Rick Bennett today welcomed Blue Triton to Maine as the new owners of Nestle Waters, which includes Poland Spring. In the letter, he also asked for more background on the new company. On March 31, Nestlé Waters North America became Blue Triton Brands at the completion of its acquisition by two entities, One Rock … Continue reading Senator Rick Bennett Has Questions for New Poland Spring Owner

Legislative Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship, Force through Budget

(AUGUSTA, ME) -- On just the fourth day of the legislature meeting as a whole, Democrats have already given up on the idea of working together with Republicans and Independents on a two-year budget. In what may have been the shortest regular session in the history of the State Legislature—four days—Republicans’ plan to have a … Continue reading Legislative Democrats Abandon Bipartisanship, Force through Budget

Democrats to Pass Sham Budget, Adjourn the Legislature, End Bipartisanship and Silence Voices Calling for Tax Relief

Heavy-handed approach runs counter to 20+ years of established budget precedent STATE HOUSE – Legislative Republicans held a press conference in Augusta today to call attention to Democrat plans to invoke a little known budget gimmick that will effectively end the bipartisan work that produced a Supplemental Budget that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and … Continue reading Democrats to Pass Sham Budget, Adjourn the Legislature, End Bipartisanship and Silence Voices Calling for Tax Relief

Department of Marine Resources Misled the Public to Set Dam Removal in Motion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            3/23/21 Senator Brad Farrin (R-Somerset) (Augusta, ME) – The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is about to complete a highly important rule-making process based on false and misleading information that it provided to the public as part of that process. On Friday, the public comment period surrounding an amendment to … Continue reading Department of Marine Resources Misled the Public to Set Dam Removal in Motion