Republicans in the Maine legislature voted down three of the four bond issues during the recent special session (August 26). This is a shame because all four bonds would be very beneficial for Maine, and voters should be given the chance to weigh in.
However, I’m very pleased that my representative, Patrick Corey, of Windham, voted yes on three of the four bonds. Most important to me, he was one of only five Republicans who voted to support the Land for Maine’s Future bond (LD 1851). He was the only Republican to support the Water Quality Protection bond (LD 1847).
Representative Corey’s support of Environmental issues is exemplary; he’s received a lifetime score of 89% from Maine Conservation Voters. He should be commended on his support of bills such as the Land for Maine’s Future program, solar power, and protecting drinking water quality, to name a few.
In the last few years, many of the environmental issues we’ve made progress on have been because of the support and leadership of Representative Corey. We need more people in the legislature like Corey, who will stand up for the protection of the Maine environment and the health of Mainers.
Representative Corey gave a strong speech in support of the LMF bond, saying that this bond “would invest in Maine's recreational access, conservation, and traditional Maine industries including agriculture, marine resources, and farming.”
The next chance for the legislature to take up this important bond issue will be in January. If Corey is your representative, please thank him. If he’s not, please urge your representatives to support this important bond.