Tweets, Reactions and Videos of Presque Isle Governor’s (sans Governor) Listening Forum

Posted on December 29, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Some amazing tweets came out first yesterday afternoon, as BDN Aroostook reporter Jen Lynds shared her firsthand accounts live:

Tweeting live from Gov’s forum on suppl. budget cuts. Angry crowd. Gov. is not here

Audience says that the state can save $$$ on the budget and not cut services to ill/elderly/mentally ill by investigating welfare cheats

Two time breast cancer survivor re: MaineCare — “I am fighting a 15 y.o pregnant girl living w/ her parents. She gets MeCare. I don’t.”

Rep. John Martin says that stores are telling employees that they don’t offer health insurance, so they should “got get MaineCare.”

Bad idea when a 22 y.o. state rep. mentioned his own benefits as a part time Legislator — angry crowd of full time uninsured not happy.

Story/photo/video online tonight and in tomorrow’s BDN of PI event! Also coverage from Fort Kent event, where Gov. not well received (?)

Here is the link to the aforementioned BDN writeup with a 1:36 video from within the event. (Personally, I would have loved to have seen more video for better context, but a quibble) From the article:

A standing-room-only audience crowded into Northern Maine Community College on Wednesday afternoon for the second of three regional meetings held so that Aroostook County residents could weigh in on Gov. Paul LePage’s supplemental budget and its proposed reductions to MaineCare costs.

Several urged the state to crack down on those abusing MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program for low-income and disabled residents.

More than 150 people were on hand for the forum, which LePage did not attend. A representative from his administration was on hand to take notes.

From what I have learned on Facebook conversations with folks in attendance, the “22 y.o. state rep” mentioning his health benefits in Lynds’ tweets was none other than Tyler Clark, who provided us with many, um, interesting non-job creating bills this last year that thankfully died. The gent who bravely admitted he pays for his own gas to get to events such as these was Peter Edgecomb, who had to navigate ten miles to get to the listening forum.

So unless he’s driving a vehicle with spectacularly bad mileage, he spent maybe $2 at most of his own money to attend and listen to his constituents. How magnanimous.

From WAGM comes this video of Occupy Aroostook’s protest held outside of the event.

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