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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/31/11

Rep. Tyler Clark Begins Work on Appropriations Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Tyler Clark has begun work on the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, where he will have an influential voice in shaping policy regarding state budgetary matters.

Rep. Clark (R-Easton) said he is honored by the appointment and looks forward to the assignment, even though it will be challenging. "We face a long and difficult road in putting together the next state budget," he said. "Tax revenues are down substantially from a few years ago, and the federal stimulus money is virtually all gone. No one is talking about a tax increase, so we'll have to balance the budget on the spending side. The long-range goal is to get the state back on a stable fiscal course."

Rep. Clark is in his second term in the Legislature. In the last session, he served on the State and Local Government Committee. Rep. Clark attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle, studying business management. He is part of the management team at the Presque Isle Walmart.

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee oversees clearly defined parts of state government.

The Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs has jurisdiction over General Fund appropriations and general fiscal policy. Its responsibilities also include federal funds allocations; special revenue and block grant allocations; the Budget Stabilization Fund; bond issues; and financial evaluation of agencies of state government. The Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) was recently added to the committee's portfolio.

Rep. Clark represents House District 6, which includes six of the 54 towns in Aroostook County - Blaine, Bridgewater, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Mars Hill and Westfield. ###

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