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Governor’s Address: There is no amount of your money the Legislature will not spend

I’ve said it for years, and I will say it again. There is no amount of your money the Legislature will not spend.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The State of Maine cannot tax-and-spend its way to prosperity, but the Democrats are doubling down on spending. My biennial budget calls for $6.8 billion, which is more than enough to fund government and meet the needs of Mainers.

The Democrats want to boost spending to $7.5 billion. Hard-working Mainers should be outraged by this kind of reckless and unnecessary spending.

In January, I presented a balanced budget that is fiscally responsible. It essentially flat-funded Executive Branch agencies and made an effort to reduce spending and the growth of government.

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Only Steps Forward: L-A could benefit from coordination with Francophone Cities Network

By Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mayor of Auburn

Over the last couple of years, the Mayors of Quebec City, Moncton, New Brunswick and Lafayette, Louisiana have established a network of Francophone cities with the intent to promote and encourage deeper connections between communities with language and cultural similarities around the French language.

With support from the Franco Center in Lewiston, both Auburn and Lewiston have joined as twin cities.

Rather than one city in the lead, as others in the international network have advanced, here in Lewiston-Auburn the Franco Center has played the lead role in convening a working group of local partners that involves both cities, Museum LA, the Franco-American Collection at USM’s Lewiston campus, the Chamber of Commerce, the local libraries and business leaders.

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Enough is Enough: This Memorial Day weekend, swear that you will never forget

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

“God with a roll of honor in his hand

Sits welcoming the heroes who have died

While sorrowless angels ranked on either side

Stand easy in Elysium’s meadow land.”

The Investiture—Siegfried Sassoon

This coming Monday is Memorial Day—a day to honor those who went off to war and ended up paying the supreme sacrifice. If you could speak to them what words would you use to convey and acknowledge to them your appreciation for their sacrifice, a sacrifice that allows you to live a life of comfort and freedom?

How many are aware of the history of this holiday?

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Search committee names new director for Lewiston Public Library

Marcela Peres has served as the city’s Adult Services Librarian since 2012.

After a national search that attracted 25 applicants, Lewiston City Administrator Ed Barrett has announced that Marcela Peres will be the new Director of Lewiston Public Library. A Lewiston resident and LPL employee since 2012, Peres currently serves as the city’s Adult Services Librarian. In that capacity, she has frequently filled in for long-time Library Director Rick Speer, who is retiring at the end of May.

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Maine youth volunteers honored at national awards ceremony

Maine’s top two youth volunteers of 2017, Kathleen Waeldner, 18, of Yarmouth and Bella Rossborough, 12, of Kennebunk, were honored for their outstanding volunteer service recently at the 22nd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington, D.C. Along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country, Waeldner and Rossborough each received $1,000 awards and were congratulated by Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

Travis Mills Foundation, Franco Center plan “Maine Remembers” veterans tribute

In 2012, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills lost both arms and portions of both legs to an improvised explosive device while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The Travis Mills Foundation will team up with the Gendron Franco Center to present “Maine Remembers,” a musical tribute to our veterans on Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Performers will include the center’s executive director, Mitch Thomas, and other local artists. The concert will be followed by a reception.

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Free coffee for veterans

Mark and Jenn Tripp of Tripp’s Farmhouse Café, located at 1056 Center Street in Auburn, will provide a free cup of coffee and a donut or cookie to any veteran who visits on Saturday, May 27, from 7 to 10 a.m., before the unveiling ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Tripp’s is a dedicated gluten-free operation that also serves dairy-free items. Mark Tripp is a member of the Auburn Fire Department and a frequent volunteer at the William J. Rogers American Legion Post 153 of Auburn.

Governor’s Address: Mainers can overcome drug addiction with the right help and people involved

Mainers who have overcome drug addiction have powerful stories and when they share their struggle it is hard to ignore.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

When Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and President Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway visited Maine last week, most of the media tried to ignore the reason why they were here.

There were articles claiming the Trump administration and Maine is at odds over a narcan bill I introduced. However, that was fake news. We are not at odds about this bill and all the media wanted to do was create controversy.

The media failed to focus on the real issue. The real issues are the people who shared their stories of addiction; the doctors who shared their experience with addiction; the advocates who work day in and day out with people who want to recover from their addiction.

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Enough is Enough: Lead paint, local legislators and skeptical attitudes toward business

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Early on in my capacity as Lewiston’s Mayor, I came to the realization how out of touch with the public our state legislators had become.

Once they win a legislative seat many, not all, form and project a state of mind that tells them they alone are the only ones who understand and are capable of solving the problems facing our state. (This goes a long way to understanding the distress we find our state economy.)

It would prove beneficial if our state and federal (both elected and non-elected) officials were to be required to spend time living among those voters whose lives will be affected by their decisions. This OJT (on-the-job training) will hopefully allow them the ability to write legislation based on realistic experiences, not the words of lobbyists and social service groups.

A major problem currently facing our nation, our state and the City of Lewiston is the alarming rate of lead poisoning of children found in ours and other communities.

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Preventing and Treating Opioid Addiction in Maine

Maine is implementing an innovative, multimodal approach to preventing and treating opioid abuse. In recent years, we have pursued the following initiatives:

Strengthen opioid prescribing limits

About 75% of those addicted to heroin first became addicted to a prescribed opioid.

In 2016, Gov. LePage introduced, gained bipartisan support for, and ultimately signed a law to:

Cap opioid prescriptions at 100 morphine milligram equivalents (MME), with reasonable exceptions for certain conditions.

Limit opioid scripts to 7 days for acute pain and 30 days for chronic pain.

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