LD 843, “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.”

LD 843, “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.”

I am proud to be a co-sponsor of LD 843 “An Act to Promote the Financial Literacy of High School Students.” The bill was introduced by my fellow co-chair of the Youth Caucus, Representative Matt Pouliot. The bill would ensure that all young Mainers leave our school system with a good grounding in financial literacy. It was a pleasure to work on this bill with Rep. Pouliot and I hope we can pass this important measure. 

You can read a great article about the bill and …

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A Case for Year Round Schooling

A Case for Year Round Schooling

I am an advocate for lengthening the school year. One model that I’m particularly interested in is the Year Round School Calendar (YRS). My intern, Helen White, prepared this fantastic crash course intro to YRS and I wanted to share it with all of you. Let me know what you think! The Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, in Fairfield, is now using a YRS. Could this calendar be a possibility for Maine to help our students excel? 

A Case for Year Round Schooling

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My floor speech on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes”

My floor speech on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes”

Below are the written remarks that I prepared for my floor speech yesterday on LD 611 “An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes.” The House voted (86-58) to pass the bill.

The solutions to our economic problems require that we build from the middle out, not from the top down, and reinvigorate Maine’s middle class. We need to make sure that every employee is getting a livable wage by raising Maine’s minimum wage. We need to make sure that our workers, especially …

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My First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

My First Bill: LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum”

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that I will be introducing my first bill on Thursday and I’m very excited. LD 668 “An Act to Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum” would ensure that all Maine students learn about Maine’s proud farming heritage and develop an understanding of where their food comes from and how it gets to their plates. My goal with this bill is to strengthen our students connections with the natural world and the world of farming. …

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Public Hearing about Revenue Sharing and Governor LePage’s Proposed Biennial Budget

Public Hearing about Revenue Sharing and Governor LePage’s Proposed Biennial Budget

When and Where?

Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Room 228, State House

What is the Biennial Budget?

Unlike in some other states, Maine passes a budget for two fiscal years. According to Maine’s constitution, the state must have a balanced budget. If state continues spending and taxing the way it is now, it would run a $756 million deficit over the course of the next two fiscal years. These estimates are reflections of a structural gap between the revenues the state collects and the programs it promises to …

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Legislative Update: Supplemental Budget, Young Legislators featured on WCSH6 and Upcoming Office Hours

Legislative Update: Supplemental Budget, Young Legislators featured on WCSH6 and Upcoming Office Hours

I hope everyone’s school vacation week went well. I wanted to let you know that I’ll be holding Office Hours, March 2, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Little Dog Coffee Shop. I’d love it if you’d stop by and talk with me in person.

Recently I was interviewed by Rob Caldwell, from “207.” My interview was part of a story on the 13 legislators under 30 who created the bipartisan “Youth Caucus.” We are focusing on solutions to issues affecting young Mainers. I am Co-Chair of the Caucus …

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Introducing my new intern: Helen White!

Introducing my new intern: Helen White!

I wanted to introduce you all to my talented intern, Helen White. Helen is a Senior at Bowdoin and I am sure we will see amazing things from her! Below is a little bit about her:

Hello Everyone!

My name is Helen White and I’m a current senior at Bowdoin College. I couldn’t be more excited to be interning for Representative Daughtry this semester! I’m originally from Derby, VT, a town of about 4,000 people about a mile from the Canadian Border.

Since getting to Bowdoin in 2009, …

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The Governor’s State of the State Address and MPBN’s Maine Capital Connection Channel

The Governor’s State of the State Address and MPBN’s Maine Capital Connection Channel

Tonight is the Governor’s State of the State Address to the Joint Convention of the Maine Legislature at 7 pm. You can watch the address live on MPBN’s new channel “Maine Capital Connection.” The channel just went live today at 10 am for our session.

Maybe if you tune in now you can see me typing this…

https://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx

Should be an interesting address so make sure you tune in and watch at 7 pm!

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Legislative Update: The Beginning of the 126th Legislature

Legislative Update: The Beginning of the 126th Legislature

It’s early into the 126th legislative session and things are already in full swing. The governor’s budget proposal is monopolizing the news lately but we have a lot more on our plate.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been appointed to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee by Speaker of the House Mark Eves. A high quality education is something every Maine child deserves and I’m glad to have the opportunity to better serve that interest. I’m especially proud to be on this committee as I’m …

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