Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Legislative Update: Office Hours this Saturday at Wild Oats Bakery from 10 am to noon!

Happy 2014 to all of you. As this year’s legislative session kicks off, I wanted to make sure that I have a chance to hear from you in person and learn what’s on your mind. Please join me this Saturday Jan. 25th, from 10 a.m. to noon, for public office hours at the Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe in the Tontine Mall downtown. Come with your questions, concerns, ideas and opinions.

I have several top legislative priorities this year. Here is a small sample:

  • Supporting job creation bills, especially measures that come before the Education Committee on which I serve. We have several critically important measures in front of us ranging from adult education to Head Start to job training for veterans.
  • Accepting federal Medicaid dollars to cover 70,000 Maine people, including nearly 3,000 veterans. Non-partisan reports show that accepting these funds would also save Maine taxpayers $690 million over the next decade.
  • Keeping the Legislature’s promise to restore $40 million in state aid to cities and towns. This is part of Maine’s decades-old revenue sharing partnership where the state gives some of its sales and income tax revenue back to Maine communities to pay for essential services and keep property taxes in check. Failing to follow through would be terrible for our town budget and for all property taxpayers in Brunswick.
  • Working to make sure that our schools are fully funded and supported. We need to make sure that we aren’t shortchanging our children. Our schools and children are our best investment.
  • Continuing to vote “green” on bills that preserve Maine’s environment, support a sustainable marine economy, encourage clean energy production, and support energy conservation efforts. Also, I know there are those who are trying to weaken Maine’s rules on mining, and I will strongly oppose those efforts. We need to do everything we can to protect our environment and quality of life.

As always please contact with any questions or concerns. It is truly an honor to serve as your state representative and be a voice for the people of Brunswick.




This post was written by
Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry, a Brunswick native, is the State Representative for the Maine House District 66

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