June 28, 2013
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New laws will help strengthen Maine’s economy and middle class
Speaker Eves: “While some were itching for a fight and even a crisis, lawmakers found common ground on the biggest challenges facing our state.”
Gridlock, government shutdown, and “do-nothing” politics.
These were the words that spanned the headlines and were uttered in coffee shops around the state as many speculated about the fate of a divided government in Augusta. I’m proud to say Democrats, Republicans, and Independents came together to put those fears to rest this week as we wrapped up our work in Augusta.
Good morning, I’m Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick.
While some were itching for a fight and even a crisis, lawmakers found common ground on the biggest challenges facing our state.
Together, Democrats, Republicans and Independents prevented massive property tax hikes, helped workers get the skills they need to compete, and approved a sweeping energy package that will allow Mainers to warm their homes more efficiently and at a lower cost.
These common sense actions to strengthen Maine’s economy and middle class prevailed over divided government and obstruction.
In a divided government, we showed that with give and take, you can get the job done. In divided government, you can’t win by demanding all or nothing.
Because of the bipartisan work we did, more money will go into our classrooms to help our kids, Mainers will have access to lower-cost medicine, infants and toddlers will be protected from harmful chemicals in baby food jar lids and formula cans.
While Governor LePage made every effort to delay and deny healthcare for 70,000 Mainers, we fought hard and came further than we would have ever thought possible. We passed a bill to accept federal funds to do just that – twice!
While we fell short of overriding LePage’s veto of this lifesaving measure, we will not stop fighting to ensure more families have access to a family doctor.
As Speaker, I pledge to make this a priority that both parties can get behind next year. We will never stop fighting for health care.
Time after time, and vote after vote, Democrats stood up for Maine values and successfully blocked proposals that would hurt Maine’s people and our economy.
We turned back bills that would have eroded the rights of workers and women while advancing measures that would put more money in the pockets of working people. From minimum wage to climate change, we stood up for Maine values.
Despite Governor LePage’s record-breaking veto spree, we were able to accomplish a lot.
Democrats will continue to work across the aisle to do what’s right for the people of Maine.
Thank you for listening, I’m Speaker of the House Mark Eves.