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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/14/14

Approps Votes Out Two Versions of Gov's Rainy Day Fund Bill

Dems add $18 million in new spending for state employee unions, non-citizen welfare

AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee late Friday voted on LD 1807, Governor Paul LePage's bill to replenish the state's rainy day fund.

"Governor LePage provided a plan to restore the rainy day fund and release the bonds, letting us move forward with transportation projects while protecting Maine's credit rating," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport. "I call on Democrats to join us in voting for the clean version of the bill without all the extra spending so the Governor can release the bonds."

The five Republican appropriators voted in favor of LD 1807 as presented by the Governor, which used state employee health insurance and education fund surpluses to restore $21 million to the state's rainy day fund.

The committee's eight Democrats voted for an amended version of the bill which added $18 million in new spending for state employee union member raises, welfare for non-citizens, and more.

"It's unbelievable to me that in the face of all of these budget challenges, Democrats' first instinct is to increase spending," added Rep. Fredette. "This is no way to govern."

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