For Immediate Release
To the Star Herald and Aroostook Republican
House Republican Office
August 13, 2012
For more information:
Jay Finegan, 287-1445
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Clark Posts Near-Perfect Voting Record
AUGUSTA - State Rep. Tyler Clark, a second-term legislator from Easton, posted an outstanding voting record during the 125th Legislature, voting on 99.7 percent of the 369 roll call votes held in the House.
Rep. Clark, who serves on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, said that lawmakers faced many tough votes in the 125th, but in the end, the state will be financially stronger and better able to support schools and the safety net for the most vulnerable Maine residents.
"We began this session facing a huge deficit and runaway costs in several major programs," he said. "We understood that we would have to make tough decisions to pull the state back from the brink of a fiscal cliff. Voting to trim programs isn't always easy or popular, but in many cases it was necessary to make sure that state government is economically sustainable."
Rep. Clark said he is proud of the work that was accomplished, which includes reform of the public pension system, regulatory relief and welfare reform. He noted that pension reform will ensure the system remains solvent while also saving Maine taxpayers more than $3 billion in the next 15 years. Welfare reform will protect Maine's most vulnerable residents while discouraging able-bodied people from making welfare a way of life.
Tax cuts, he noted, will save Mainers hundreds of millions of dollars. Starting next year, for example, 460,000 working families will see an average income tax decrease of $337. Moreover, state income tax liability will be eliminated for some 70,000 low- and moderate-income residents.
Rep. Clark added that regulatory reform - a major initiative that drew strong bipartisan support - removed obsolete or needlessly overbearing regulations that impeded economic growth.
"Overall," he said, "we made the state much more business-friendly to help generate jobs and promote a stronger economy, which will benefit everyone. Much of what we did was aimed at restoring business confidence and a stronger employment base. I'm encouraged that Maine has already moved from 40th to 35th in the CNBC ranking of business-friendly states. We're on the road to recovery." ###
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