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President Jackson, Senator Rotundo release statements on revenue forecasting report

AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, the Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee released a preliminary revenue forecast report that includes an additional $139 million in general fund revenues for this fiscal year and $125 million for state fiscal year 2025.  Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and Senator Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, Chair of the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, released the following statements: President Jackson: “Yesterday’s revenue forecast report makes clear that the

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Legislature’s Gagetown Commission highlights stories of service members and their families

Left to Right: Diane Ghering, wife of commission member Jim Ghering; Elaine Donovan, wife of commission member David Donovan; Jan McColm of Halifax; Dana Michaud of Presque Isle; Rep. Mark Babin, R-Fort Fairfield; President Jackson; Rep. Ron Russell, R-Verona Island; Don Page of Fort Fairfield; David Donovan of Fort Fairfield; and Jim Gehring of Bridgewater. AUGUSTA — On Wednesday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Rep. Ron Russell, D-Verona Island, and

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President Jackson releases statement on draft offshore wind plan

AUGUSTA —  Last week, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft plan for wind energy development n the Gulf of Maine that excludes nearly all of Lobster Management Area 1. The draft plan reflects the intent of the 131st Maine Legislature. Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement in support of the plan: President Jackson:  “The offshore wind energy project will not only create quality, good-paying jobs

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Pres. Jackson honors Mapleton resident named Forest Service Employee of the Year

AUGUSTA – On Friday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, honored Ranger Carson Hartman of Mapleton with a legislative sentiment for being named 2022 Employee of the Year from the Forest Protection Division of the Maine Forest Service.  “At a time when wildfires and other natural disasters have become more prevalent in neighboring states and provinces, and across the country, Mainers can take comfort knowing that folks like Ranger Carson Hartman

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President Jackson tours Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton

Pres. Jackson with Region Two Director Ammie London in the autobody shop. HOULTON — On Thursday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, toured the Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton. President Jackson was invited to learn more about the southern Aroostook career and technical education program by Region Two Director Ammie London.  “CTE schools like Region Two provide Maine students with foundations for solid career pathways right here in

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Pres. Jackson meets with Aroostook County Community Service Providers

President Jackson (center) with Regan Cyr, CEO of Northern Aroostook Alternatives Inc, and Steve Richards, Executive Director of the Central Aroostook Association. PRESQUE ISLE — Today, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, met with community service providers supporting Mainers with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle. The meeting was organized by the Maine Association for Community Service Providers to highlight the critical nature of these

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Pres. Jackson celebrates Franco-American heritage following UMaine lecture

President Jackson (second from right) reflects on discrimination experienced by Maine Acadians in the St. John Valley. ORONO — Last week, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, reflected upon the St. John Valley’s Acadian heritage at a roundtable led by Dr. Susan Pinette, a professor of modern language and director of the Franco-American Programs at the University of Maine. The roundtable followed the 2023 Maine Heritage lecture entitled “50 Years of

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President Jackson highlights recent legislative wins at American Loggers Council Meeting

NEWRY — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, highlighted recent legislative wins for Maine logging contractors and wood haulers at the 29th Annual Meeting of the American Loggers Council in Newry earlier this month. President Jackson was invited to speak by the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine following the passage of new laws designed to protect wages and improve working conditions in the forest products industry. “As a fifth-generation logger, I’ve

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Pres. Jackson names Caribou resident to CTE Task Force

AUGUSTA — Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, has named David Keaton of Caribou to a task force established by the Legislature to study the creation of a comprehensive career and technical education program.  “If we are serious about equipping students with the skills and experience to pursue good-paying jobs after high school, lawmakers need to not only invest in career and technical education but also ensure that students can access

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Pres. Jackson receives SAM Award

Left to Right: Hon. David Trahan, Executive Director of the SAM, President Jackson, Hon. Tom Tyler, SAM Board President, Hon. Matt Dunlap, former SAM Board Member and Executive Director. WATERVILLE – On Saturday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, received the President’s Award for Legislative Service from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) at the organization’s annual banquet in Waterville. The award recognizes President Jackson’s support for Maine sportsmen and women,

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Pres. Jackson releases statement on the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

AUGUSTA — On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released the following statement: “From the moment the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, our nation was forever changed. More than two decades since the deadly terrorist attacks, we repeat the promise made as the fires burned and rescue efforts were still underway—a promise to never forget.

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Presiding Officers condemn hateful demonstrations, highlight civil rights resources

AUGUSTA — In response to the hateful demonstration in Augusta on Saturday, Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, issued the following statement: “On Saturday, a small handful of individuals belonging to a white nationalist organization gathered in Augusta to partake in what appears to be an ugly demonstration of hate – complete with repugnant language and gestures that hearken back to the Holocaust. It

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Senate President Jackson lauds President Biden’s “Make it Here” Executive Order, calls for Maine to do the same

AUBURN — Today, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order on Federal Research and Development in Support of Domestic Manufacturing and the United States Jobs to Encourage “Invent it Here, Make it Here” in Industries of the Future while visiting Auburn Manufacturing, Inc. The Executive Order is an attempt to ensure that inventions resulting from federal funding benefit American producers and workers whenever possible.  Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, released

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