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Governor’s Address: Regional services can improve funding for education

Democrats say they want to reduce property taxes. But they don’t have the courage to actually do it.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

You can’t talk about reducing property taxes without addressing state funding for education. Education costs are a major driver of local property taxes.

Democrats keep telling people that my administration has cut education funding. That is absolutely not true. State funding has increased every year since I have been Governor.

The real problem is that student enrollment is plummeting as costs keep climbing. Since I became Governor in 2011, Maine has 10,000 fewer students, but we are still spending over $100 million more a year.

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Only Steps Forward: Street sweepers, spring clean-up and improving curb appeal

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Spring has sprung here in Auburn, and that means more sprouting of leaves on trees and the greening of grass in our dozens of city parks. In the coming weeks, street sweepers will be out in our neighborhoods, spring clean-up efforts will have bulky waste piling up by the curb, and road construction crews will be taking to many city streets.

One of the first priorities someone hears from their realtor when they are looking to sell their home is curb appeal. On a much larger scale, the same applies to a city. When visitors, potential new residents or even interested investors and business owners travel through our community, the first impression makes a big difference—and spring is the big season to kick this off.

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Enough is Enough: Campaign for Lewiston’s mayoral election is well under way

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Most of Lewiston’s mayoral candidates are slowly approaching the starting gate. But one candidate has left the gate and taken a quarter mile lead—and day by day that lead is being increased. That candidate is Ben Chin.

There are six-and-a-half months until Lewiston’s mayoral election. Unlike the others who are running for the Mayor’s Office, there is no grass growing beneath Chin’s feet. He is organized, well-funded and well-known. But most importantly, deep down in his belly, he has an overwhelming desire to win.

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Willy Wonka to highlight WLU’s annual Doll Tea

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An entertaining presentation of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will highlight the annual Doll Tea on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at the Woman’s Literary Union, located at 19 Elm Street in Auburn. Sessions are at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $11 per person. For more information, call 795-6134; to buy tickets, send check via mail or pay with PayPal online at www.womansliteraryunion.org.

Doctor to discuss prevalence of inherited cholesterol disorder among Franco Americans

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Dr. Dervilla McCann

At the Spring General Meeting of the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m., Dr. Dervilla McCann will discuss the prevalence of an inherited cholesterol disorder among the Franco Americans of New England. Free and open to the public, the program will take place at Auburn Public Library.

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Calvary Christian wins A.C.E.L. hoops championship

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Players from Calvary Christian Academy visited the State House recently to receive a Legislative Sentiment recognizing them for winning the A.C.E.L. Basketball Championship. This was the 18th championship for the school under the guidance of Coach Wes Clark. The team included Curtis Blodgett, Aidan Kelley, Michael Scollon, CJ Grimbilas, Brian Hewitt, Jesse Stevens, Jared Berry, Caleb Chabe, Jonny Conner, Darin Hewitt, Isaac Staples, Kemuel Stevens, Joshua Berry, Alexandar Case, Jordan Fournier and Caleb Staples. The junior varsity coach is Jon Case. Team members are pictured here with Sen. Garret Mason.

Auburn UU bean supper to help “Bring Nastya Home”

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A 16-year-old girl from Ukraine who had never lived with a family before she visited Maine this winter, Nastya hopes to be adopted by church members Casey Knight and Peter Floyd.

Auburn UU will host a bean supper to “Bring Nastya Home” on Saturday, April 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. Church members Casey Knight and Peter Floyd are seeking to adopt Nastya, a 16-year-old girl from Ukraine who, before she visited Maine this winter, had never lived with a family and faces a bleak future after she leaves the orphanage back home.

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Governor’s Address: Democrats’ budget is one page of talking points

Democrat politicians in Augusta will take every opportunity to spend more of your money, and most Mainers simply can’t afford it.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Last week, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon announced something we already knew: Democrats in Augusta are ready to raise your taxes and spend more of your money.

Democrats claim to represent the little guy, but their actions do the opposite. They increase taxes and grow big government. This doesn’t help the working people of Maine.

The Maine media applauded the Democrats’ proposal as an alternative budget. But they failed to report the most important fact: it isn’t a real budget.

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Only Steps Forward: Merger of L-A is still hypothetical until commission finishes its work

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

“Do your job.”

Those three simple words have come to take on so much more meaning after they left the mouth of Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. It was the rallying cry for the team, and it signified how important it was for each player and coach to focus on their responsibility and that task only.

And so, as we are now four years removed from the start of the petition drive for the commission to merge Auburn and Lewiston, we have to wonder what has taken so long to complete the process of a proposal.

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Enough is Enough: Non-citizens fall into four categories, not just “immigrant”

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Every once in a while, a movie may come out that you’re dying to see. You wait with great anticipation for the movie’s premiere date to arrive.

When the release date finally comes, you and your friends make plans to go to the local theater and enjoy the movie. Weeks of continuous advertisement at the local theater, on TV and the newspaper has continued to whet your appetite to view the film.

You and your friends go to the theater, park your car and get in line to purchase your tickets. Sales are brisk. Just before getting to the window, from out of nowhere comes a group of people who are allowed by management to cut into line and purchase the remaining tickets, shutting you and your friends out.

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