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AFA Dems Vote Budget that Strengthens Maine

Members of the budget-writing Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee met all day Friday building the 2017-2019 state budget, line by line. Democrats issued a majority report with sweeping changes to the governor’s original proposal, focusing their efforts on protecting property tax relief for working families, full funding of K-12 public education and rejecting a number of harmful and unnecessary cuts.

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Gideon Statement on Decision from Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Tuesday, at the request of the Maine Senate, the Maine Supreme Judicial court issued an advisory opinion to invoke a ‘solemn occasion’ and issued an informational opinion on the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting. The seven justices of the court unanimously ruled that the Ranked-choice Voting Act conflicted with the constitution.

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Maine Legislature Enacts Supplemental Budget

This morning, members of the House of Representatives voted 142 to 1 in favor of LD 302, “An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017.”

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Gideon Statement on Education Committee Hearing

“Democrats will never sign off on a budget that increases property and sales taxes for working Mainers, while shortchanging our schools and communities. We need a transformational plan for Maine’s economy that involves pulling together people, instead of pitting them against each other.”

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