Rep. Ellen Winchenbach In the News
April 18, 2014
AUGUSTA - House Republicans on Friday praised news from the Maine Department of Labor that Maine's unemployment rate has dropped below six percent for the first time since September 2008, to 5.9 percent in March.
"Over the past few years, Gov. Paul LePage and Republican lawmakers have implemented economic reforms that broke up the decades-old, big government status quo in Maine," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport. "We have a long way to go, but the repeated drop in Mai...
November 22, 2013
AUGUSTA - Lawmakers on the Legislature's Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee on Friday said they were not surprised by the Department of Labor's news that Maine's unemployment rate is at a post-recession low of 6.7 percentsix points below the national average.
The committee handles all legislation relating to the Department of Labor and various state boards and agencies, such as those overseeing labor relations, workers' compensation, unemployment insuranc...
October 25, 2013
AUGUSTA - State Representative Ellen Winchenbach (R-Waldoboro) recently mailed a constituent questionnaire to each household in her district, which is comprised of the Lincoln County towns of Bremen, Nobleboro, Waldoboro, and part of Jefferson. She received 138 completed surveys back and has been studying residents' answers to questions related to public policy in Maine.
Overwhelmingly, the midcoast residents surveyed expressed a desire to see less government spending and more fiscal res...
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 ...
November 30, 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...
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...