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It’s just over 100 days until the election, and so I’m out knocking on doors and making phone calls!  I hope to meet you soon.  In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me at marty@growmaine.me

Thoughts on Referendum Questions

With Election Day coming up on November 7th, it is a good time to review the questions the voters will be asked to answer on their individual ballots. I have found that referendums can be extremely confusing.  Sometime an issue is so complex that a one or two sentence summary doesn’t come close to doing(…)

I’ve been in the news a bit

…for switching to independent, from my previous registration as a Democrat. Here is one piece of coverage. Maine is an independent state and we’re independent thinkers.   We don’t like being told what to do or how to do it.  In the Maine legislature, I’ve found that many lobbyists and special interest groups often try(…)

Surprise Medical Billing

You slip and fall getting out of your car and twist your ankle badly. So you go to the emergency room, get an X-ray, and good news: it turns out the bone is not broken. You’ve got a bad sprain and just need ice and rest. It was a bad day, but it could have(…)

How Would Your Company Spend a Million Dollars?

How Would Your Company Spend a Million Dollars?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2017 Contact: Brian Whitney, President Maine Technology Institute 207-582-4790 bwhitney@mainetechnology.org Maine Technology Institute Wants to Know “How Would Your Company Spend a Million Dollars – – or More – – to Stimulate Innovation, Economic Impact and Job Creation?” Brunswick, ME – August 23, 2017. Following voter approval of the research(…)

Kicking off the Get Out and Stay Out Initiative

Despite the valiant efforts of our hardworking corrections staff and probation officers, there is very little support for former inmates to re-enter society as productive citizens. The problem can be most challenging in our jails, where shorter sentences are served, versus our prisons, which have longer stays and the opportunity for more formalized programs. The(…)

School and Library Broadband Funding Bill Advances

It has been a long project, taking almost the entire legislative session, but we are close to the finish line on new funding for broadband internet at Maine’s schools and libraries. Here’s great coverage by Alan Bennett of the Journal Tribune. Thanks to all who have supported this project along the way. Compromise is a(…)

Priorities for Next Session

Thank you for returning me to the Maine State Legislature for a second term. Among the many challenges the Maine Legislature will take on next session are the opiate crisis, the way state education funding is distributed (which affects property taxes), and energy costs. I will be pushing for action on all three. I would(…)

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