AUGUSTA — After a lengthy public hearing Friday on tax changes in Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget, Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, said his support for implementing the Stand Up for Students ballot initiative is as steadfast as ever.
Sen. Chenette, the lead Senate Democrat on the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, criticized the special interests and lobbyists who advocated for rejecting the will of the voters by repealing the referendum language that raises taxes on wealthy Mainers by 3 percent on taxable income over $200,000 in order to adequately fund Maine’s public schools for the first time in more than a decade.
The referendum won as Question 2 at the ballot box, and opponents gave up on an initial recount effort.
“It is amazing to me that so many lobbyists and business interests came here today to urge the people’s elected representatives to the Legislature to overturn the expressed will of the people,” said Sen. Chenette. “What kind of precedent would it be for a handful of representatives and senators to so quickly and blithely overturn the results of an election?”
AUGUSTA — Sen. Chenette, D-Saco will be holding office hours this Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10-11 a.m. at the Salmon Falls Library on 322 Old Alfred Road in Hollis.
The office hours session is for Hollis and Buxton residents, and Rep. Marean, R-Hollis, will be joining him.
You do not need to RSVP and walk-ins are encouraged. Individuals that cannot make the office hours can call Sen. Chenette's state senate office at 207-287-1515, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message him at Facebook.com/JustinChenette.
WHAT: In-District Constituent Office Hours
WHO: Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco and Rep. Don Marean, R-Hollis
WHEN: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
WHERE: 2nd floor, Salmon Falls Library on 322 Old Alfred Road in Hollis
AUGUSTA — Senator Justin Chenette, who represents Limington in the Legislature, welcomed Lauren Pride of Limington to be an honorary page at the State House in Augusta.
Lauren is a middle-schooler and was at the state house as part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program. She has won numerous awards like one most recently at the Fryeburg Fair for her Grand Champion 4-H Beef Steer and will be off to Ohio for further 4-H adventures very soon.