President Jackson announces Fighting for Maine Agenda

AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic, announce the Fighting for Maine Agenda and town hall series. The Fighting for Maine Agenda outlines the Senate Democrats’ plan to improve the lives of Maine families, workers, seniors, businesses and communities in the upcoming session. The full agenda is available now at www.fightingformaine.com. The first town hall will be held on Monday, Oct. 28 in Auburn.

After hearing from Mainers all across the state, Senate Democrats have developed an ambitious agenda that directly responds to the biggest challenges facing Maine people. The Fighting for Maine Agenda is about making sure everyday Mainers have a fair shot at a successful life. The agenda contains six core objectives, from reforming our health care system to providing property tax relief, and lays out a comprehensive plan to achieve those goals.

The Fighting for Maine Agenda includes: 

  • Fixing our broken health care system
  • Standing up for Maine workers and businesses
  • Providing property tax relief
  • Protecting Maine families 
  • Continuing proud traditions
  • Working toward energy independence

“Too many people feel like our government isn’t working for them. We’re setting out to change that. The Fighting for Maine Agenda is about making sure our priorities reflect the priorities of hardworking Mainers, families and seniors, and then following through for the people of Maine,” said President Jackson. “There’s no doubt that this is an ambitious agenda but we weren’t sent to Augusta to adopt piecemeal solutions that barely scratch the surface of what people are facing. We were sent here to face our most pressing challenges head-on, and get results. With the Fighting for Maine Agenda that is exactly what Senate Democrats are prepared to do.”

“Senate Democrats did a lot this past session to deliver on our promises to the people of Maine,” said Sen. Libby. “I’m eager to get back to the State House, and work on ambitious, smart policies that will help grow our economy by attracting and retaining a well-trained workforce, investing in infrastructure that connects our state to the world marketplace, and supporting new growth in our heritage industries.”

“We accomplished much last session, but our work is far from over,” said Sen. Vitelli. “We’re well-positioned to build on our successes. There are still problems holding too many Mainers back. By ensuring affordable access to quality health care, and pushing for energy independence, we can lay the foundation for a bright, healthy future for our state.”

The first town hall meeting will be hosted by Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. The Auburn Town Hall meeting is the first of five meetings. The full schedule can be found below. The town halls will all feature brief comments from lawmakers and an extended Q&A. The event is open to members of the press. Additional stops may be announced. An online version of the agenda is available at www.fightingformaine.com.

AUBURN TOWN HALL — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28

WHO: Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash; Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby, D-Lewiston; Assistant Senate Majority Leader Eloise Vitelli, D-Arrowsic; Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn; Rep. Bettyann Sheats, D-Auburn; Rep. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston.

WHERE: Auburn City Hall, 60 Court St, Auburn, Maine 04210

PRESQUE ISLE TOWN HALL — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

WHO: President Jackson; Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton.

WHERE: Allagash Room, University of Maine at Presque Isle; 181 Main St, Presque Isle, Maine 04769

GARDINER TOWN HALL — 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4

WHO: President Jackson; Sen. Libby; Sen. Vitelli; Sen. Shenna Bellows, D-Manchester; Rep. Thom Harnett, D-Gardiner; Rep. Charlotte Warren, D-Hallowell.

WHERE: Gardiner City Hall, 6 Church St, Gardiner, Maine 04345

TOPSHAM TOWN HALL — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6

WHO: President Jackson; Sen. Libby; Sen. Vitelli.

WHERE: Woodside Elementary, 42 Barrows Dr, Topsham, Maine 04086

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