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Republican Appropriators Support Spending Reductions

January 16, 2014

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Thursday afternoon is hearing public testimony on spending reduction recommendations put forward by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

The recommendations were required as a part of the state's biennial budget passed last summer. The Legislature tasked OPM with finding $33,750,000 worth of spending reductions as a part of balancing the budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The executive branch w...

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Rep. Keschl Continues Effort to Emphasize Importance of Free Enterprise

November 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - Governor LePage, at the urging of Rep. Dennis Keschl (R-Belgrade), has released a letter [see attached] emphasizing the importance of free enterprise. Representative Keschl cites President Jimmy Carter as the impetus behind his efforts to promote a renewed interest in our uniquely American "free enterprise" system, quoting from President Carter's first declaration of a Free Enterprise Day in 1980, "The American free enterprise system, the cornerstone of our Nation's economy, has endur...

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Belgrade Lakes Region Survey: State Government Has Spending Problem

October 25, 2013

AUGUSTA - Maine State Representative Dennis Keschl (R-Belgrade) recently mailed a questionnaire to each household in his district, which is comprised of Belgrade, Fayette, Manchester, Mount Vernon, and Vienna. He received 202 responses to the survey, which asked for residents' opinions on various areas of state government policy.

"One of the biggest themes I saw in the answers was that the people of my district care deeply about fiscal conservatism," said Keschl. "They are concerned abo...

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Military Recruiter Bills Spark Fiery Debate in Maine House

June 4, 2013

AUGUSTA - The House on Tuesday took up two bills concerning military recruiters in public schools. The first, LD 1502, requires that public high schools allow recruiters to administer the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to students who elect to take it. Under the bill, recruiters, not school staff, would take the time to administer the test, which would remain voluntary for the students.

That bill was rejected mostly along party lines, 74-68. Majority Democrats ...

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Appropriations Committee Passes Supplemental Budget

February 13, 2013

AUGUSTA - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee today voted unanimously to approve a supplemental budget to cover a $35.5 million revenue shortfall and an $87 million Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) budget overrun for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.

The budget presented to the Appropriations Committee by Governor LePage would have significantly trimmed Maine's welfare spending. Republican appropriators negotiated with Democrats to maintain many of the struc...

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Demonstrators Rally Outside State House in Support of Gun Rights

February 8, 2013

AUGUSTA - About 100 concerned citizens came to the State House for an outside demonstration in support of the 2nd Amendment and the gun rights guaranteed by Maine's Constitution today. They braved the 5 degree weather and horizontal snow for roughly two hours as a series of speakers addressed the crowd.

Conservative columnist and former congressional candidate Prof. John Frary spoke, along with former congressional candidate Blaine Richardson. Rep. Deborah Sanderson (R-Chelsea) spoke to...

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Rep. Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

November 30, 2011

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November 21, 2011

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Ray Wallace sworn in as Legislature's newest member

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ray Wallace was sworn into office today by Governor Paul LePage after winning a special election to fill a vacant seat in House District 24.

Rep. Wallace (R-Dexter) said he was motivated to run for office by the reform agenda championed by the Republican majorities in the House and Senate...

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Health insurance reform clears initial hurdle in Maine House

May 5, 2011

AUGUSTA - Landmark legislation to revamp Maine's health insurance market cleared a critical hurdle today in the House of Representatives by a vote of 76-72. The measure, designed to generate more competition and bring rates closer to national norms, now moves to the Senate. Final enactment votes in both bodies could come as early as next week.

"The people of our state are the winners today," said House Speaker Robert Nutting. "For years, reasonable proposals to fix a dysfunctional health insur...

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Rep. Keschl Says Sign Bill Won't Allow Billboards

May 2, 2011

AUGUSTA - In public testimony last week, State Rep. Dennis Keschl defended his bill on business signage against critics who have attacked the legislation as a "billboard bill."

"You should know that this bill is about on-premise signs and not about billboards," he said during a public hearing before the Transportation Committee. He also rejected concerns that it would allow for the "uncontrolled use of advertising signs."

The bill, LD 1405, is "An Act To Amend the Laws Restricting Advertisi...

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Rep. Dennis Keschl Takes Post on Appropriations Committee

February 1, 2011

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Dennis Keschl has taken up duty on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in the new Legislature, a position that will give him an influential voice in shaping policy regarding state budgetary matters.

Rep. Keschl (R-Belgrade), a first-term legislator, said he is honored by his committee assignment. "It's a demanding committee that involves a lot of late nights and weekend work," he said. "But this committee is central to writing the next s...

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