I wanted to take some time in this week’s email to break down Gov. Mills’ new “Stay Healthy at Home” order, a statewide mandate taking effect today, April 2. Please read this email in its entirety for details on what the order means for you.
Dear Senator Collins, Senator King, Representative Pingree, and Representative Golden:
We come to you as a delegation during this time of pandemic crisis to ask you to do everything within your power to help vital Maine small businesses remain viable. COVID-19 is not only rampaging through our healthcare system, it is ravaging …
“This revised proposal represents a bipartisan effort to strengthen the state’s ability to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. …It takes strong steps to boost Maine’s health care system in support of our most vulnerable citizens, support the Maine CDC, and prepare for the very real prospect of an economic downturn
Over the weekend, the Governor’s people worked tirelessly with us in Legislature to gain bipartisan support for appropriations and emergency policy which will aid individuals, small businesses, and health care providers facing great challenges and uncertainty.
Today we continue. Now is the time for Maine to pull together.
“…Members of the budget committee were meeting on Friday and were expected to continue negotiations over the weekend to finalize a spending proposal by the self-imposed Tuesday deadline to wrap up work.”
Mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change, and increasing renewable energy generation within the state, are priorities of Governor Mills’ Administration. Working together with the Legislature, Maine has made significant progress moving forward on these issues. Reducing the State’s dependence on fossil fuels and transitioning to a more diverse portfolio of clean energy
In a competition for money available from the Volkswagen settlement, in which the carmaker agreed to pay $14.7 billion nationally toward pollution mitigation to settle an emissions-cheating scandal, Mount Desert Island High School won $280,000 to offset most of the cost of a new electric bus.
Exemplified by Vaughan Woodruff and Insource Renewables, this is why Maine’s future is bright as we step away from an economy that expends $6 billion annually on imported fossil fuels and replace it with locally-built systems of distributed renewable generation.
Transitioning to a zero-carbon energy system essentially requires displacing current expenditures on fossil fuels with capital spending on new renewable energy generation and distribution.
A presentation given yesterday by economist Richard Silkman to the Maine Climate Council’s Energy Working Group, shows how this transition can be accomplished by 2050 within Maine’s current energy spending …
Continuing evidence that state spending in Maine remains at responsible levels and that the two-year budget that we enacted in June was prudent.
The table and graph above shows how state spending has decreased over the past 20 years as a percentage of personal income. (Personal income correlates closely with the state’s Gross Domestic Product …
Marked the installation of a large array solar panels at The Blaine House on an auspiciously bright sunny afternoon yesterday.
Here — joined by my colleagues, Speaker Sara Gideon, Seth Berry, Stanley Paige Zeigler, Vicki Wenzel Doudera, and Hannah Pingree — Governor Janet Mills is signing an executive order directing state agencies to develop plan …
Very cool to get to see the unveiling of this enormous new 3D printing machine today at the University of Maine — the result of a great public/private partnership between UMaine, The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Ingersoll Rand.
To explain why I am committed to immediate work through the Maine Climate Council, here outlined from this week’s symposium at MIT, are the foundational reasons prompting us collectively towards direct action.
25 of the warmest years in human history have occured in he last 32 years
“…Students have been active in social and political causes before.
“But their recent level of engagement in the issue of climate change is something special, state Rep. Brian Hubbell, said at the celebration of the completion of the solar energy project at Mount Desert Island High School last Wednesday.
On Friday, my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and I got to visit this program outside of Stratton, talk with the students, and observe their remarkable skills with mechanized logging operations.
These rebates are an important early step in support of beneficial electrification of transportation which is key to reducing Maine’s importation and consumption of fossil fuels and building capacity for economic development through in-state renewable energy generation.
Thank you Governor Janet Mills for leading early with this program. I’m looking forward to greater legislative partnership …
“…This is what leaves me with great optimism about our ability, collectively, to advocate from community and as a result move good policy on hard issues in a way that improves our prospects for the future.”
Maine’s biennial budget requires bipartisan agreement and collaboration between both the legislative and executive branches. As a result, neither branch nor either party deserves all the credit during good times or all the blame in bad times.
But, through any lens, here is the evidence that state spending remains prudently within sustainable revenues: