LePage Letter Ignores, Insults Town Officials

 

Towns Have Supported a Fair Share Budget Solution

55 Towns Oppose LePage Budget

 

55 towns across Maine have passed resolutions rejecting the extreme cuts and tax shifts proposed in Governor LePage’s two year budget. In just the last week, the towns of Gorham, Bar Harbor, Searsport and the city of Portland have passed resolutions urging lawmakers to consider other alternatives, including tax fairness, to increasing property taxes and cutting essential services.

48 Towns Now Oppose LePage Budget Plan, Support Tax Fairness

Nearly 50 towns across Maine have passed resolutions rejecting the extreme cuts and tax shifts proposed in Governor LePage’s two year budget. In just the last week, the towns of South Berwick, Freeport, Ellsworth and Old Town have passed resolutions urging lawmakers to consider tax fairness as an alternative to increasing property taxes and cutting essential services.

False Attacks

MPA Statement on Blatantly False Attacks:

Today, a new round of attack mailers is landing in mailboxes across the state. These mail pieces, funded by Anthem insurance company and targeting a number of candidates who oppose Anthem's rate hikes, represent one of the most fundamentally dishonest attacks ever committed in Maine politics.

Even by the loose standards of attack ads, the claims made are absolutely indefensible.

Candidate Profiles

 

JIM BOYLE

Jim Boyle, a small business owner, forester, and environmental scientist is running for office for the first time as a Democrat in Senate District six, which includes all of Gorham and large parts of Westbrook and Scarborough. Boyle is running to fill a seat left vacant by fellow Democrat Phil Bartlett, who has been termed out. Jim’s experience as a small business owner, and his knowledge about land use and environmental issues help him understand some of the most important issues facing Maine people. 

2012 Scorecard

The recent legislative session has made one thing abundantly clear: elections matter. When Governor Paul LePage won the Maine governorship with a plurality of the votes on Election Day in November, 2010 and Republicans won a small majority in the House and a larger one in the Senate, the political landscape in Maine shifted abruptly.

Public Education Funds Stay Public

 This year saw a number of contentious education bills move through the legislature as part of an education reform package pushed by Governor LePage. These bills would have allowed state funding for private religious schools and created an open enrollment program that would have drained funds from rural schools and created even greater inequality in Maine’s education system.

Undermining Workers

This legislative session saw a number of bills seeking to undermine economic security and weaken worker and consumer protections for Mainers. Six bills in particular attempted to undermine the power of collective bargaining for workers in Maine.

Assaults on Worker Rights

Some Success on Safer Chemicals, Environmental Protection

In first few months of 2012 the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine (ACHM), of which MPA is a proud member,  scored some remarkable victories to protect consumers from toxic chemicals. 

In the last legislative session, Maine's landmark Kid Safe Products Act (KSPA) faced a serious challenge with the introduction of an industry supported bill that would have gutted its most important provisions.  Instead, the almost unanimous passage of a compromise bill actually strengthened KSPA and became a signature success in a difficult legislative session.  

Clean Elections Damaged

The Maine legislature this year voted to weaken Maine’s Clean Election system, despite a recent poll showing a majority of Mainers support a strong system of public financing. The poll, conducted by the Maine People’s Resource Center (MPA’s sister organization) and sponsored by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE), showed 69 percent of Mainers support Clean Elections. In addition, 80 percent of Maine voters believe that there is too much money in politics and that we must push forward with reforms to limit the influence of big money in elections and government.

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