AUGUSTA ‚Äď The Alliance for Maine‚Äôs Future has endorsed the election of Lawrence ‚ÄúSkip‚ÄĚ Greenlaw in the June 8th Democratic primary for the Maine State Senate according to Executive Director Tony Payne. Greenlaw‚Äôs district includes all of Hancock County and Isle au Haut in Knox County.
The statewide non-partisan advocacy group supports Democrats and Republicans whose experience and attitude will help create jobs in Maine and will promote an efficient and affordable state government.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre very excited that Skip has chosen to run in this important election year. His former service in the Legislature, community activism and business experience make him the better choice in this primary contest,‚ÄĚ said Payne. ‚ÄúHis understanding of state government and business will help when legislators face a projected one billion dollar gap in the state budget.
‚ÄúThe Legislature cut millions in state aid to education and municipal revenue sharing. That decision simply passed the buck to selectmen and school committees to solve the problem. The next state senator needs to make the tough decisions without further burdening local governments.‚ÄĚ
Greenlaw is opposed in the Democratic primary by State Representative James Schatz of Blue Hill.
‚ÄúBy contrast, Rep. Schatz has a poor record when it comes to supporting Maine‚Äôs small family businesses ‚Äď the folks most responsible for creating jobs. When attempting to express his displeasure with Poland Springs water company, he supported a bill that would have allowed Maine towns to strip local companies of their constitutional rights. He also opposed allowing Maine people to shop for health insurance in other New England states where the cost of insurance is much lower than in Maine,‚ÄĚ said Payne. ‚ÄúPerhaps the most surprising was Rep. Schatz‚Äô choice to raise taxes on health services to fund the Dirigo health plan. He cast his vote for higher taxes immediately following the voters‚Äô repeal of the beverage and health services tax showing little regard for the two-thirds of Maine voters who said ‚Äėno‚Äô to higher taxes.‚ÄĚ
The winner will face Brian Langley, a Republican, in the fall election.
For more information contact Tony Payne at 207-232-7830.
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