Hi, this is
Representative Trey Stewart of Presque Isle, the Assistant Republican Leader of
the Maine House.
are gearing up to spend even more of your money, it should go to fund critical
needs that should have been taken care of in the $8 billion budget that passed
about children and adults with disabilities that are on waiting lists for
about roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure.
about career and technical education opportunities for Maine kids.
In the rush
to reward election supporters, identity-based special interests and cater to a
national socialist agenda, core needs and priorities were not met.
billion budget that was proposed by the Governor and passed under one-party
rule spent 99.995 percent of all available monies, including the surplus
accumulated under Republican leadership.
When all the
money was spent, legislative Democrats used shady procedural tactics to alter
fiscal notes on bills and held over an extraordinary number of costly proposals
hoping to find ways to fund them in 2020.
passed last June is already close to a billion dollars over the last LePage
nonpartisan staff, the price tag for the list of bills carried over for
consideration in January is close to a billion dollars more!
Republican Radio Addresses have outlined our concerns with this massive,
Democrats reverse course and decide to live within your means, it will require
lobbyists have approached Republican leadership seeking future support for
items that will be in a large, supplemental budget the Mills Administration
will submit to us in January.
We have no
details yet on big the supplemental budget request will ultimately be, but if
history is any indication, you should hold onto your wallet.
and legislative Democrats have begun talking about potential upward adjustments
to revenue projections because of a stronger than anticipated economy.
In light of this, Republicans are increasingly concerned that the spending spree will continue in January, even though core priorities that were not included in the budget will remain underfunded.
-There are approximately 1,639 children and adults with disabilities that are on waiting lists for services. They are families that are in absolute crisis and need our help. Many individuals cannot walk, talk, or feed themselves. Most will need 24-hour care for the rest of their lives.
The function of taxpayer-funded public assistance programs should be to provide support for these and other vulnerable citizens first, before considering new program and benefits.
-Maine roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure are chronically underfunded – It is so bad that a Blue Ribbon Commission is studying ways to address the problem.
But, why not
do what families and businesses do?
Budget for it.
-Career and technical education (CTE) – Maine is facing a demographic crisis. We need more workers to fill open and future jobs, and fuel economic growth in our aging state.
Governor Mills proposed cutting CTE in Maine schools, while simultaneously
adding 36 new hires at the Maine Department of Education, 16 of which were
non-teaching positions to “build staffing capacity.”
on the Education Committee voted to fund $2.6 million for CTE schools, while
Democrats slashed that proposal in half.
Maine’s Career and Technical Education Centers received less money than they
did in their previous fiscal year.
prioritized just about everything ahead of these critical needs that benefit
everyday Mainers. They spent money on taxpayer-funded abortions, illegal
immigrants, asylum seekers, subsidies for electric cars, windmills, climate
change studies and many other things that average Mainers wouldn’t consider
should be setting priorities that closely align with the needs of all Maine,
not just Portland.
understand that Democrats will never return excess revenues to taxpayers like
you or lower taxes.
We do hope,
at the very least, that any excess revenues will be used to address Maine’s
most pressing needs and/or be set aside to address future economic shortfalls
that the Governor has been warning us against since she took office.
reward identity-based categories of people, we should direct limited taxpayer
resources to core priorities, our most vulnerable citizens and projects that
benefit all Mainers.
support policies that benefit everyone. Please join us in encouraging
Democrats to do the same.
This has been State Representative Trey Stewart with the Republican Radio Address, thank you for listening.