For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - House Republican Leader Ken Fredette joined Governor LePage, Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau, Speaker Mark Eves, and Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Anne Haskell in a meeting Thursday morning to discuss the Governor's decision to exercise his constitutional authority to declare a civil emergency in order to better manage fallout from the federal government shutdown.
"Judging by the Democrats' reactions, it's as if the meeting never happened," said Fredette. "After the meeting, Democrats immediately ignored the answers they had received and reverted to their default position of attacking the governor. It's obvious to anyone looking at the situation and the law that the governor's decision will help the one in four state workers who face layoffs, yet Democrats and their union allies are making clear that beating the governor in 2014 is their only concern."
"I was impressed with the Governor's plan for managing state government in this time of crisis, I'm glad that he called members of both parties in to explain his action, and I look forward to Tuesday's update, where both parties will come together to assess the situation further," added Fredette.
FACTS ABOUT THE PROCLAMATION:
- Civil emergencies have been declared dozens of times by Maine governors, most recently by Gov. Baldacci during a 2007 flu outbreak and a 2009 spike in the cost of diesel.
- This power is granted by the Maine constitution to the executive, subject to override by a joint resolution of the Maine Legislature.
- The emergency power will allow the governor to manage layoffs of federally-funded state workers so that they can face minimum disruption in their lives.
- While Republicans are focused on steering Maine through the federal shutdown in a mature and responsible manner, Democrats are creating division in order to score cheap political points in advance of next year's gubernatorial election.
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