Friday, August 4, 2023

Jessica Fay: Investing in Maine Families

By State. Rep. Jessica Fay

After many long days and nights at the State House, the Legislature has wrapped up most of its session work for 2023! I could not be more proud of all that we have accomplished to deliver for Mainers.

State Rep. Jessica Fay
This month, we passed a historic budget that addresses some of our most pressing challenges and makes long-term investments in our people – all while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Most importantly, this legislation will make it easier for more folks to make ends meet.

It contains more than $100 million to help tackle our current statewide housing crisis by boosting funding for the Rural Affordable Rental Housing Program and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which help incentivize the development of affordable housing. It also funds the creation of the Housing First Program, which will prioritize providing permanent housing and on-site services to persons who have been chronically homeless.

The budget also takes significant steps to improve the current lack of available and affordable child care, which has made it difficult for many Maine parents to fully participate in our workforce.

It will invest more than $35 million to double the wage stipend for child care workers while expanding eligibility for assistance to more families – a major boost for our economy.

As the House Co-Chair of the non-partisan Caucus on Aging, I am particularly grateful that this budget helps fixed income older Mainers in some very important ways.

It increases funding for Meals on Wheels, it invests in the Elder Justice Roadmap recommendations, it expands eligibility for the Medicare Savings Program, and it expands property tax relief through the Property Tax Deferral Program and the Property Tax Fairness Credit, helping more Mainers – and particularly, those 65 and older – stay in their homes and age with dignity.

Taken together, these are investments in what Mainers value – our families and our communities.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any ideas, questions or concerns. I am here to serve you.

Fay, a Democrat, is the Maine House chair of the Government Oversight Committee and a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs, and is serving her fourth term in the Maine House of Representatives.

She serves the community members of Casco, Frye Island, Raymond, and part of Poland. <

Reach State Rep. Jessica Fay by calling 207-655-5020 or by email at 

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