Democrats release Opportunity Agenda budget proposal

Plan includes largest property tax cut in state history, invests in education and jobs without raising taxes

AUGUSTA — Democrats in the Maine Legislature on Thursday released The Opportunity Agenda, their budget proposal for the 2018-2019 biennium.

The plan calls for the largest property tax cut in Maine history; invests in jobs and the economy; fully funds public schools; makes college degrees more affordable and attainable; supports families, seniors, children and veterans; and provides meaningful student debt relief.

And it does it all without unnecessary cuts and without raising new taxes.

“Maine Democrats believe that Maine has a bright future. The Opportunity Agenda capitalizes on our natural advantages, delivers quality services and invests in Maine’s future. It is our commitment to being the voice of Maine people in this budget debate,” said Speaker of the House Sara Gideon. “The problems we need to solve are bigger than this budget, bigger than the next two years and bigger than the current administration. It will take all of working together to position us for the future we deserve.”

In 2015, Democrats led the charge on a Better Deal for Maine, a budget plan that rejected the governor’s lop-sided giveaways to the rich. Their work resulted in property tax cuts, increased education funding and support for nursing homes. Today, Maine’s budget picture is positive; Expected revenues are outpacing current obligations and creating a unique opportunity to invest in communities, families and the economy.

The Opportunity Agenda builds on the current budget established in 2015, leaving current services intact while leveraging new revenue to invest in Maine’s future. Democrats will embark on a town hall tour to build support for their budget proposal. Learn more at opportunityagendamaine.com.