Following is the Republican Weekly Radio Address, this week from Rep. Nate Wadsworth of Hiram.
Hello, I am Nate Wadsworth from Hiram, a House Republican member of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee.
radio addresses, a number of my colleagues have expressed concern over the
state budget proposed by Governor Mills.
that the 11% increase where she has proposed to spend 99.995% of all available
monies, relies on one-time funds, understates future costs, includes gimmicks
and will ultimately result in tax increases, budget shortfalls and higher
This is the
first time Democrats have totally controlled Maine government in almost a
decade. It follows 8 Years of Republican leadership were the economic situation
of Mainers was improved through responsible spending and pro-job policies.
of Republicans is for families to continue to benefit from an improving
economy. Going back to the days of higher taxes, excessive debt and
overspending will weaken the Maine economy and hurt everyone.
This week, the
May revenue forecast was released. This is the last update that the Legislature
will receive before a new state budget is finalized. It contained some good
news in the form of a one-time $67 million increase of money for the current fiscal
year and a steady economic outlook for the next two years. Once again confirming that when republicans
lowered the state income tax the resulting economic growth lead to increased
are urging Governor Mills to take this opportunity to step back and set
sustainable priorities, so that taxpayers are not required to fix obvious
problems with the unsustainable budget that she has proposed.
The one-time monies can be used to address pressing needs that benefit all Mainers, not just the ones with pet projects or full time lobbyists seeking money for their organizations.
Here are some examples:
The one time money could help repay some of the money recently taken out of the budget stabilization fund by the Governor. The so-called “rainy day” fund is there in case there is a recession or unexpected crisis.
In New Hampshire, Governor Sununu has invested heavily in ensuring they can weather any economic down turn, something our Governor mentioned as a concern in her inaugural address. I hope Governor Mills will exercise similar caution.
The one-time money could also be used in the budget to help support road maintenance. Our economy and livelihoods depend on safe well-maintained roads and if I have heard anything from my constituents this spring it is that our roads need fixing.
The one-time money could also be used to lower property taxes by restoring revenue sharing cuts contained in the Governor’s budget proposal or by expanding the homestead exemption.
funding reported in May, is the likely result of late income tax filers. It should
not be viewed by the Governor, Democratic legislators or their allies in the
press as a green light for even more spending.
outlook for the next two years doesn’t project the surpluses seen over the
current biennium. In fact the Fund for
Healthy Maine, an account the Governor leans heavily on to support Medicaid
expansion, is projected to have a forty percent loss in revenues, bringing in
to doubt the state’s ability to pay for some of the Governor’s proposals. When taken together, the General Fund and the
Fund for Healthy Maine, the net revenue for fiscal years 20/21 is not as the
press reported $82 million but rather a more moderate $9.5 million.
prioritizing the one time money and revisiting her budget with a change
package, the Governor has put us on the track to return to the pre-republican
days of budget shortfalls and unpaid bills.
As a Mainer in his thirties with two children trying to make ends meet
in the state I love I cannot afford going back to those days and I’m sure your
families can’t either.
eight years have proven that when the government takes less of our money, the
economy improves as individuals and families make their own spending decisions.
We can spend
our own money better and more efficiently than the government.
is proved by one simple fact. When taxes are reduced, government revenues go up
because we the people invest in each other and grow the economy.
We do not
have to spend 99.995% of all available taxpayer funds like the Governor has
additional $67 million one-time revenues reported by the revenue forecast
commission can be used to help fix Governor Mills’ flawed budget, and the
modest revenue increases for the next biennium require us to prioritize how we
spend your money.
should take this opportunity to step back and set sustainable priorities, so
that taxpayers are not required to fix avoidable problems down the road.
This has been State Representative Nate Wadsworth with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.
Rep. Nathan Wadsworth is serving his third term representing the towns of Brownfield, Fryeburg, Hiram, Lovell (part) and Porter.