AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco earned a 100 percent rating from the Maine Education Association for his voting records on education issues during the second regular session of the 128th Legislature.
The Maine Education Association is an organization representing 24,000 Maine teachers and is dedicated to supporting policies and laws to improve public education.
“Maine’s teachers deserve to have legislators they can count on to support them in Augusta,” said Sen. Chenette. “I am proud of my record supporting teachers and students and will continue to push for the state to fully fund their share of public education, just as voters demanded at the ballot box in 2016.”
The Thornton Academy Boys Lacrosse team have been honored by the legislature recognizing their undefeated season, first regional title, and recent first state championship win.
Senator Justin Chenette presented the sentiment, which was passed by the Maine House & Senate, at one of their last team meetings of the season Monday. Aside from their winning streak, the entire team conducted over 700 hours of community service since March.
"They have made not only TA proud, but our entire community proud," says Senator Chenette.
Government is at its best when it is responsive to the people not special interests and lobbyists. However, the continued influx of dark money into politics from shady corporations and a handful of wealthy – often anonymous donors – is elevating the role of outside influence and shutting out the voice of hardworking people. It’s not right, and it’s why I have consistently fought for a more transparent, accountable, and ethical political system.
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AUGUSTA — Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, joins a bipartisan group of state lawmakers speaking out against the 25 percent Chinese tariff on U.S. lobster exports. In a letter to Maine’s Congressional Delegation, 112 state lawmakers warn of devastating economic consequences to Maine’s coastal communities and lobstermen if the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China continues.
“The lobster industry is a core part of our communities and economies along the coast. The Trump Administration’s approach to trade policy, driven by impulse and ego, is harming Maine workers and families,” said Sen. Chenette. “I am hopeful that if enough of us speak out and raise enough noise we can convince Congress to reverse the Trump Administration's recent positions and prevent a decimation of Maine’s lobster industry.”
On Friday, Chinese officials announced plans to tax imports of American lobster as retaliation in an escalating trade dispute between the two countries. The tariffs are scheduled to begin July 6.
Maine’s lobster industry generates some 4,000 jobs and contributes an estimated $1 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2016 economic impact study. That’s in addition to the income earned by lobstermen when they sell their catch, which totals another nearly half a billion dollars each year. The state is responsible for the majority of all U.S. lobster exports.
The full text of the letter is available here. It was sent to U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Bruce Poliquin.
The bipartisan agreement includes property tax relief, supports Maine-based businesses and helps working Mainers and families
AUGUSTA -- The Maine Senate unanimously passed compromise legislation to amend Maine’s tax code to reflect some changes made at the federal level and better support Maine-based businesses and families in an initial vote on Tuesday. Key components of the compromise tax deal include property tax relief, incentives for paid family medical leave and child and dependent care tax credit.
Below is what DOT sent me regarding the upcoming meeting and where we are at:
Saco is seeking possible solutions to traffic congestion around the Route 112 corridor. Last month, the City launched a study designed to explore and evaluate potential solutions to the morning and evening congestion occurring on Route 112 and surrounding roads.
Previous analysis produced a range of short and long-term potential solutions, which included improving intersections and traffic signals, restricting turn movements, widening Turnpike ramps, or constructing a new road between the Turnpike and Route 112, among other ideas.
AUGUSTA — In response to the governor’s “tax alert,” Sen. Justin Chenette of Saco, the Senate Democratic Lead on the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, released the following statement:
“The latest announcement from the governor on tax conformity is both misleading and intentionally provocative. When Gov. LePage introduced his plan to completely rewrite the state tax code to favor corporations and the wealthy in February, the Taxation Committee got right to work to negotiate the best deal for Maine. A month before the statutory adjournment, lawmakers on the Legislature's Taxation Committee continued to get various changes, numbers, and analysis from the administration and their out-of-state consultants.
Senator Justin Chenette has filed a bill to prevent outside, big money interests from writing legislation.
The bill would ban any registered lobbyist or corporation from drafting bills on behalf of lawmakers.
“I’ve seen firsthand a complete abuse of the legislative process,” says Sen. Chenette. “Lobbyists should not have the ability to draft bills that directly benefit their bottom line and the corporate interests they serve.”
SACO – Two members of Saco’s legislative delegation are introducing an emergency measure to demand the Federal Government take action on the erosion issues in Camp Ellis.
Sen. Justin Chenette and Rep. Donna Bailey, who both represent Camp Ellis in the legislature, are requesting funding from Congress so the Army Corps of Engineers can immediately begin their work.
“Inaction is not an acceptable solution,” says Sen. Chenette. “People are losing their homes, their livelihoods and their way of life all because of a man-made, self-created issue that the Federal Government is directly responsible for.”
AUGUSTA--The Maine Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. LePage’s veto of legislation from Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, to extend insurance coverage requirements to include naturopathic care for appropriate services. The vote was was 32-2.
LD 1030, “An Act to Require Nondiscrimination Policies in Providing Health Care Services” as amended would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against care received from a naturopathic doctor practicing within the scope of their license.
“After working on this issue for the better part of a year, I am glad the Legislature could finally come together and enact this legislation in such a bipartisan way over the objection of the Governor,” said Sen. Chenette. “Now Mainers will have more options when it comes to their health.”
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