As the battles over the budget, pension reform, welfare reform and other efforts put forward by Governor Paul LePage are starting to make their way through the Legislature, I am hearing that as many as four Maine Republican House members are starting to get a little wobbly with regard to supporting these necessary changes. As I became aware of these potential Legislators and their apparent “wobbliness” on these reform efforts, I called two of them who I have known personally for many years.
They told me, individually, that they were A) not sure that the pension reforms in their current proposed form were necessary; B) that they did not believe there was widespread support for some of the more dramatic changes and C) they were certain that this would lead to a “majority budget” meaning a lack of bipartisan support for the state’s two year budget. In both cases, the Legislators said that they believed passing a budget without Democratic support would send the wrong message to the people of Maine and lead to a budget that was not as good as it could be or should be.
As you all know, our majority in the Maine House is very slim. A couple of defections will lead to the loss of a majority on any given piece of legislation. We cannot and must not win a majority at the ballot box in November and then lose our legislative priorities because our margin is slim.
I encourage you to attend the Rally ME event on Thursday, March 3rd at 9:30am at the State Capitol and show our legislators that we do support them and the work they are doing.
If you cannot attend, it is vitally important that you email or call your Legislator and let them know that you support these necessary reforms and need them to stand strong in the face of union opposition.
The link below is the listing of the Maine House members with their contact data: