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:
Certainly there remains much to work on in the second session. But, beyond the many accomplishments within the biennial budget, I am greatly satisfied with the progress made this year on my own priorities related to renewable energy, climate emissions reductions, and strategic economic planning for increased research and development.
Maine Legislature Passes Strong, Bipartisan Two-Year Budget
AUGUSTA – The Maine House and Senate voted today to pass the bipartisan budget agreement reached by the Appropriations Committee, sending the budget to Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The vote was 104-38 in the House and 25-9 in the Senate in favor …
I’m proud of the collaborative effort that this budget represents. Building on four weeks of public hearings, my colleagues on the Appropriations committee from both parties worked diligently and in good faith, line by line, for nearly five months. Throughout we benefited from bipartisan recommendations from each legislative policy committee and we received enormous cooperation …
“…It is important to appreciate that lawmakers and the governor worked on building a two-year budget in a collegial, cooperative way. There were no public ultimatums, no threats of a government shutdown. Of course, not everyone got what they wanted. …But, the budget — and its bipartisan support in the Appropriations Committee — signals a …
“Our state has abundant potential from wind, biomass, solar and hydropower,” Hubbell said, “but until now we have lacked a comprehensive vision for sustainable energy development. With a thoughtful, long-term plan, we can pursue energy independence, community resilience and economic prosperity for Maine.”
I’m grateful for Governor Janet T. Mills’ leadership and Hannah Pingree’s hard work and dedication in moving forward this comprehensive initiative for emissions reduction, climate action, and energy policy. I look forward to continuing to work with this administration to effect real change and economic benefit for Maine.
“…As a first step, this plan can make an inventory of resources and evaluate the relative returns on investment in each available sector of renewable energy — including returns from conservation and efficiency — and then scale and sum those components by cost-effectiveness into one feasible comprehensive strategy which, in total, is capable of offsetting …
After my first pass through the 600 page document, overall I like what I see so far in this budget proposal.
It funds expanded access to healthcare and — deliberately over two years — adds over $180 million to a comprehensive scope of supports for public education from early childhood through college. And it does …
This is an exciting milestone that will brighten Maine’s spot on the economic map. Scientific research leading to commercialization carries real promise for our state. I intend to work hard this legislative session to make sure that the state is a good partner in this effort and that we have a long-term economic plan to …
One of the greatest honors of my life: getting sworn in to the 129th Maine Legislature, along with my colleague Drew Gattine, this morning as one of the first official acts of Maine’s new Governor Janet Mills.
As we enter 2019, I want to wish you a prosperous and healthy new year and to thank you for placing your confidence in me to represent you once again in the Maine Legislature. I remain grateful, honored, and humbled by your trust.
Brian L. Hubbell
Residence: Bar Harbor
Present Employment: Self-employed project manager
Highest Level of Education Completed: Degree in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: School board member (10 years), State representative (six years)
I believe that elected officials are charged to engage faithfully to thrash out …
House District 135: Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert (Map) Brian Hubbell (D) – Incumbent
1. What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?
At present, Maine’s economic development is hampered by having too few skilled workers and by the absence of a comprehensive …