Following is the Weekly Republican Radio Address from House Republican Leader Rep. Kathleen Dillingham.
Hi, this is Kathleen Dillingham, the House Republican Leader with this week’s Republican Radio Address.
Trump has declared a State of Emergency.
after wisely convening a coronavirus task force back in January and acting
quickly to secure our borders.
are in the midst of an unprecedented national response to an international
Mills this week issued a Civil Emergency Proclamation for Maine.
administration has acted swiftly to respond to the President’s call for unity
and the expert advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
are facing a very serious situation that requires everyone to work together to
exercise a responsible, calm and steadfast commitment to each other.
is why the Maine State Legislature acted quickly this week to consider bills
directly related to COVID-19 and critical state services.
help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and protect those a risk, the Legislature
acted only on what both parties agreed was an emergency.
then adjourned Sine Die.
Latin, Sine Die means “without day” and marks the end of the legislative
session for now.
unfinished matters will be carried over until the Legislature reconvenes.
Republicans and Democrats have traditionally disagreed on what constitutes an
“emergency” we worked very closely together and agreed on a $75 million
Supplemental Budget, down from the $134 million proposed by the Governor. Prior
to COVID-19, enhanced revenue projections meant the Legislature had close to
$200 million dollars of taxpayer money to spend.
Both sides agreed that only a portion of that should be spent at this time to ensure the money needed to address our current situation, including:
-$1 million dollars to the CDC for public health nurses and
COVID-19 response. Public Health Monies for the Maine CDC to address COVID-19
-Money for the Health and Environmental Testing Lab
-$14 million dollars in rate increases for DHHS direct care and
behavioral health workers
-A new team of Child Welfare caseworkers
-All told, there is over $53 million dollars dedicated for Health
and Human Services. This includes over $3.5 million for Section 21 and 29 wait
lists for people with disabilities.
-K-12 education, career and technical Education, community
colleges and workforce development monies are also included to ensure our
schools and communities can continue to budget for next year.
-$10 million dollars for roads and bridges, along with a $105
million dollar bond proposal that Maine voters will consider in June. This is
so that we can invest in our roads and ensure as COVID-19 fades, our economy
can have an infusion of cash into the private sector.
-A $15 million dollar broadband infrastructure proposal that will
also be considered by voters this June.
continuing uncertainty regarding our economy and impact of COVID-19 on the
state budget, $17 million is being added to the Budget Stabilization Fund, also
known as the Rainy Day Fund.
fund now stands at $240 million dollars.
Republicans acknowledge the hard work the Governor and legislative Democrats
have put in and thank them for working with Republicans in a bipartisan fashion
to quickly reach agreement on what constitutes a true emergency at this time.
Supplemental Budget that the legislature passed addresses true priorities that
government needs to fund.
-Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
-Direct care workers
-Roads and bridges and
-Wait lists for people with disabilities.
unclear when the Legislature will reconvene to take up unfinished business.
it does, it is likely that future revenue projections will be greatly reduced
from where they were just a week ago.
the meantime, we urge the public to follow the recommendations of our
President, Governor and the CDC to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.
doesn’t create character: it reveals it.”
And this the past week, I have seen people’s character revealed.
have seen friends, neighbors, local businesses stepping up and providing
assistance to those in need.
have seen free meals offered by restaurants to our elderly and our students,
displaced by the unfolding events.
my cousin’s son Jackson picking up supplies and delivering to older folks in
our family who have compromised health issues.
and administrators that have quickly put together online teaching and learning
curriculum. And more than that, implemented procedures and stuffed backpacks to
ensure children receive the food they need.
list goes on and on as we all learn that our lives have been altered for the
acts of concern, compassion and kindness strengthens my connection to what
makes Maine special.
the Maine we know and love and why I am so proud to represent my state in this
In the coming days, as we face unprecedented challenges, I have no doubt.
will rise to the occasion and we will get through this together.
This has been House Republican Leader Kathleen Dillingham with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.