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Herbig, Jackson to host Searsport Town Hall on 'Fighting for Maine' agenda

Nov 24, 2019

Searsport — State Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and Sen. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, will introduce the "Fighting for Maine" Agenda at a town hall meeting in Searsport on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

According to a press release yesterday from the Senate President's Office, the agenda outlines "an ambitious plan" to improve the lives of Maine families, workers, seniors, businesses and communities in the upcoming legislative session.

The town hall meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St. Lawmakers' comments will be followed by Q&A. The public is welcome to attend.

“Too many people feel like our government isn’t working for them," Jackson said in the release. "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.”

Herbig said in the release, “In order to improve people’s lives across the state, we must break down the barriers to success in rural Maine. That means expanding access to reliable, high-speed internet, supporting our veterans and first responders, and providing local training for local jobs. ... I’m looking forward to discussing our work and hearing your questions and concerns.”

The Democrats' agenda contains six core objectives:

· 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



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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jennifer Hill | Nov 25, 2019 09:09

Representatives Jackson and Herbig:

It is pleasing to see that you will be hosting a forum in Searsport on improving life for the people of Maine. Your press release generated the following response from me -

Our health care system is the single most stultifying force for keeping innovation and productivity at bay.

  • For the poor, Maine Care income limits keep people from striving. They simply cannot afford to work.
  • Meanwhile, the middle class scramble with 2 or more jobs to pay for health insurance and resent their tax money going to pay for Maine Care. This sets up a kind of class division.
  • And, of course, the rich who can well afford to pay for health care, are spared caring.

We need to pool our resources for health care, paid for by the government through taxes, much as the libraries, roads, fire fighters, etc. are funded. Please join your laudable efforts with the efforts of Maine AllCare, a nonprofit designed to educate folks about how this could work.

This single effort - universal health care - and its resulting implementation will improve everybody's lives and will do much to heal the economic and social divisions that plague us.

Thank you for your service and for caring about our people.

Jennifer Hill, Waldo

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