2019 recap and 2020 goals

1 January 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Before I return full-time next week to the Legislature’s second session, I want to recap my goals for this winter and spring.

I intend to follow through with some of the successful work of the first session, specifically related to preparing to triple the state’s renewable energy generating capacity by 2030 and reducing Maine’s carbon emissions by 45% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.  As you likely already know, Governor Mills is committing the state to carbon neutrality by 2045. Maine is now a leader nationally and I am proud to be part of that team effort.

Further I am looking forward to supporting the state’s new ten-year strategic plan for economic development which seeks to build a talented workforce, increase wages, and support diverse regional economic hubs.  My focus here will continue to be on expanded scientific R&D and commercialization, transportation systems, affordable housing, and early education.

Fortunately, state revenues appear to be stable and appropriations for state programs seem to be prudent and sustainable.  On the Appropriations Committee, we are eager to learn the Governor’s priorities for any supplemental spending in the current two year budget which we enacted last June. And, as always, we will weigh the Governor’s priorities along with the diverse and sometimes competing interests of all of our colleagues across the state.

In the rear view, I am including below a summary of my reports from last year.  Overall I am pleased with the way things went and am looking forward to getting further good work done with my legislative colleagues this winter and spring.

With gratitude and best wishes to all for 2020,


January 2019












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