Maine Senate Debate on LD 1509, FY 14-15 Biannual Budget (June 13 VIDEOS)
As expected, today Governor Paul LePage vetoed the budget, aka LD 1509, “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015”. On Wednesday, the 126th Legislature will reconvene to take it up in both chambers, along with a slew of other matters including ten bills vetoed late Friday and others today.
Here is the full list of Governor LePage’s vetoes of bills passed by the 126th Legislature.
When the Senate met the evening of June 13th to take up the budget, those who worked on the budget praised their fellow Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee members from across the aisle, their staff and clerks, for working so hard together to create a budget that, per Senator Pat Flood (R-Kennebec), won unanimous approval by the entire AFA Committee on every single line item of the 680 page document, individually and as a whole.
And as the votes were tallied, it showed that same as in the House (102-43, 6 absent) earlier, the Senate had passed the measure (25-10) with a super majority strong enough to sustain a veto from the Governor.
“Lawmakers did the right thing by passing a budget that allows the state of Maine to keep working,” said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “In divided government, Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature worked together to pass a responsible budget that protects our schools, our property owners, and small businesses.”
Here are videos taken of the Senate LD 1509 floor debate, in order of speakers.
Appropriations Chair Sen. Dawn Hill (D-York) urges support for LD 1509, FY 14-15 Budget
“As a committee and as a Legislature, we left politics at the door. We rolled up our sleeves and worked together to craft a responsible, bipartisan budget for the people of Maine,” said Senator Dawn Hill of York, the Senate Chair of the committee. “This is what we are expected to do. And I’m proud of our ability to work together despite our differences.”
Sen. Pat Flood (R-Kennebec) Speaks in Support of LD 1509, FY 14-15 Budget
Sen. Emily Cain (D-Penobscot) Speaks in Support of LD 1509, FY 14-15 Budget
“This is a tough budget, but it is fair, and passing this budget is the right thing to do,” said Senator Emily Cain of Orono.
Asst Majority Leader Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) Speaks in Support of FY 14-15 Budget, LD 1509
“This is not a perfect budget. But it is a budget that reflects the spirit of compromise and getting things done for the people of our state,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash. “This is the best compromise that I have ever been a part of and reflects how this Legislature is supposed to work.”
Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) speaks in opposition to LD 1509, FY 14-15 budget
Senate Minority Leader Mike Thibodeau Speaks in Opposition to LD 1509, FY 14-15 budget
Sen. Doug Thomas (R-Somerset) speaks in opposition to LD 1509, FY 14-15 budget
Asst Minority Leader Sen. Roger Katz (R-Kennebec) speaks in support of LD 1509, FY 14-15 budget
Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall (D-Sagadahoc) Speaks in support of LD 1509, FY 14-15 budget
“Every two years we take a vote that is perhaps one of the most challenging. It requires us to set aside our philosophical differences and do what is right by looking ahead to our future,” said Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall of Richmond. “This budget makes public education stronger and finally acknowledges the public service and dedication of our state employees.”
And now we wait.