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For Immediate Release

Date: 06/28/13

House Republicans Reflect on 2013 Legislative Session

With pro-growth policies, economic opportunity, Maine's best days lie ahead

AUGUSTA - House Republican leadership on Friday reflected on a session filled with stunning successes - and a few setbacks - for Maine people.

"I couldn't be more proud of the 58 House Republicans who worked tirelessly in their committees and in floor deliberations to protect the rights of Maine people and create economic opportunity in our state," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport. "I am especially pleased that we accomplished one of our earliest goals. Despite a slew of rollback proposals, we were able to protect the important, pro-growth reforms implemented while in the majority in 2011-2012. As a result, Maine people are paying lower taxes and smaller health insurance bills, Maine businesses are growing with more sensible regulations, Maine families have educational choices, and Maine taxpayers will be protected for years to come with reforms to our welfare and pension systems."

"It was an honor to serve with such a hardworking and dedicated group of lawmakers," said Assistant House Republican Leader Alexander Willette of Mapleton. "We paid off the state's long overdue debt to Maine hospitals while stopping a record-breaking expansion of the very welfare program that created it. Republicans led the charge in protecting the rights of gun owners by stopping every major piece of gun control legislation proposed. Our members fought hard for rural Mainers by ensuring a smooth merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Conservation and providing much-needed aid to our dairy farmers."

"This session, we made a special effort to reach out to all Mainers and explain how Republican policies improve the lives of all those who seek freedom and opportunity," added Fredette. "We have young members who helped enact skills training for our youth, women in our caucus whose strong and effective advocacy for conservative principles serves as an example to all of Maine's girls, and my trip to Lewiston's refugee community taught me that the struggles faced by today's immigrants are not much different than those faced by my Franco ancestors. The policies advanced by House Republicans this year reflect our sincere belief that Maine's best days are ahead of us and that with freedom, opportunity, and responsible government, all Mainers will get there."

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