For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Ken Fredette has been named to the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, a position that will give him an important voice in shaping policy regarding state budgetary matters.
Rep. Fredette (R-Newport) said he is honored by the appointment and looks forward to the assignment. "The new state budget for the next two years will take center stage in this session," he said. "The Appropriations Committee will be key to getting the budget into shape for a vote in the House and Senate. We know this will be a challenging task, considering the revenue shortfall. But we have some excellent legislators on the committee who are capable of meeting that challenge and putting the state on a fiscally stable course."
House Speaker Robert Nutting, who appointed Rep. Fredette to the committee, said he is highly qualified for the job. "Ken Fredette has an educational background and the practical experience that will be invaluable on the committee," Speaker Nutting said. "He also has the temperament to deal with the time-consuming schedule the committee's work demands. I expect Ken to do very well in this position."
Rep. Fredette graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a B.S. in accounting. He also received a master's degree in public policy, with a concentration in government finance, from the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service, at the University of Southern Maine. In addition, he earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Rep. Fredette is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. He is a practicing attorney who also has served 12 years as a Judge Advocate in the Maine Air National Guard. He was appointed by former Governor Baldacci to the Maine Human Rights Commission to a term that expires in 2014.
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. Fredette represents House District 25, which includes Corinna, part of Corinth, Exeter, Newport and Plymouth. ###
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