(UPDATED) Senate Passes Bill 19-16… Tweeting LD 1746 Maine Senate Debate

Posted on May 15, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

UPDATED: The Senate passed LD 1746 19-16 in a straight party vote.

 

Compilation of Tweets, news links and observations regarding the Governor’s controversial DHHS supplemental budget, as the Maine Senate reconvenes to take up LD 1746.

 

Laura Harper ‏ @MWLobbyist

Senate is taking the budget up now #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

The Senate is now debating the supplemental budget…

 

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2

@WorkingMaine Sen Rosen suggest that AFA Dems not supporting budget due to pressure from advocacy groups. Why Flood not support? #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Dawn Hill (D-York): “I consider this budget a sham, a shift, a shame”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Hill: “Where is the crisis?”

 

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2

Sen Dawn Hill: LD 1746 a sham, a shift, a shame #mepoliticsDiscusses fed waivers unapproved as part of GOP proposal

 

Laura Harper ‏ @MWLobbyist

Sen Hill calls budget sham, shift, shaft & shame. Bold words in support for working families, seniors, and children. #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Hill: “There will be $24 million in unfunded tax breaks in 2014 and no plan for payment, I feel it irresponsible”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Parkinson ‏ @andiparkinson2

Sen. Hill: LD 1746 “Bean counter budget” #mepolitics


Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

The letter from HHS Sebelius re denying MOE waiver that Sen Hill refers can be found here bit.ly/LqjkhE #mepolitics


Megan Hannan ‏ @meganhannan 

DHHS budget cuts to harm women, children, elderly –

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Hill: “This is a bean counter budget. It’s all about the numbers, it’s not about people… It indiscriminately removes people’s healthcare…”

 

 


Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

@andiparkinson2 @WorkingMaine Perhaps there’s more to the DHHS cuts – Sen Rosen is Maine ALEC chair  bit.ly/rRyarw #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec): “This is not the Governor’s budget, this is the Legislature’s budget.”

 

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

Note Katz’s slippery stats: More people on MaineCare than families paying taxes Mixing single persons with groups – nice job!#mepolitics


Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

This after Katz uses analogy of baseball stats #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Katz: “It’s easy to say don’t cut. It’s hard work to make targeted changes.”

 

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

Perhaps @SenRogerKatz will explain why – if State can’t afford to fix roads or fund public schools – why he supports tax cuts #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Phil Bartlett (D-Cumberland): “This budget is nothing more than an attack on good hardworking families in Maine…”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Bartlett: “It’s an attack on youngsters when you reduce funding for early childhood education”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Bartlett: “It’s an attack on our seniors… this bill leaves no one behind.”

 

Gerald Weinand ‏ @DirigoBlue

Sen Bartlett “This violates Fed law in at least 4 ways” #mepolitics


Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Margaret Craven (D-Androscoggin): “We all know where the money is… it’s not going to anybody in the working class.”

 

MaineWomen’s Lobby ‏ @MEWomensLobby

Thanks for sharing! RT @MECEP1:  bit.ly/KaCXXw @MEWomensLobby ED Eliza Townsend blasts #LePage admin latest #DHHS budget cuts

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Justin Alfond (D-Cumberland): “This budget cuts Head Start… why as a state would we make this a priority?”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Alfond: “This budget is reckless”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Nancy Sullivan (D-York): “The home visitation program has reduced domestic violence by 50% in this state……

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Chris Johnson (D-Lincoln): “Reckless, irresponsible, penny wise and pound foolish.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Johnson: “You’re making very real decisions with people’s lives here, it’s not just numbers”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen Katz: “This is a reasonable setting of priorities…”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Katz: “These cuts are reasonable, targeted, and puts us in the mainstream.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Seth Goodall (D-Sagadahoc): “We shouldn’t be cutting taxes to cut children’s programs… We should have done better”

 

Maine Breaking News ‏ @bangordailynews

Dozens protest DHHS cuts in Augusta as Maine Senate deliberates budget  bdn.to/e2zy #mepolitics


Sun Journal ‏ @sunjournal

Portland mayor: DHHS budget cuts are ‘penny wise, pound foolish’

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Johnson: “I can’t support this budget because it’s irresponsible for us to make a dimmer future for working people.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook): “Some people in this chamber make $10,000 in a month… these people make $10,000 in a year.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Jackson: “Somebody’s going to get screwed in the end… And I gotta tell you, I never signed up to be the person who decides who lives and dies in this state, to say ‘I’m sorry, you don’t have health care anymore.'”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. John Patrick (D-Oxford): “Every morning we start our session with a prayer and we always hear we should take care of the less fortunate, the needy and the poor.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Patrick: “This budget is harmful, hurtful, short sighted and extreme.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

Sen. Patrick: “I’m extremely happy with the minority party, and they’re all here… and right now there’s 13 majority party seats at this point not here listening to the importance of what’s going on with this budget for the people of Maine.”

 

Working Maine ‏ @WorkingMaine

The Senate passes the supplemental budget 19-16, party line vote.

 

Laura Harper ‏ @MWLobbyist

Maj report on state budget is accepted in a vote 19 to 16. Sad day for working families. Amendments just starting #mepolitics

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