Caucus presentation, public testimony and a proposal from the Governor

This update provides information on this morning’s caucus, ongoing public hearings and the new proposal from the Governor.

Today’s caucus

You can find a copy of the presentation from this morning’s caucus here:

Caucus presentation

Public Hearings

This week the Appropriations committee holds public hearings on the various possible sources shared with you last week.  Below, divided by issue, you will find copies of testimony provided in support and opposition to those proposals.

University of Maine Racino testimony

Tobacco tax increase testimony

State Health Plan testimony

Service Provider tax testimony

Hospital and Private College sales tax exemption testimony

MSEA testimony

MSEA Riverview testimony

Maine People’s Alliance testimony

Maine Center for Economic Policy testimony

AFL testimony

Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services testimony

Historic Tax Credit cap testimony

Fund for a Healthy Maine sweep testimony

Competitive Skills Scholarship Program (CSSP) testimony

BETR/BETE changes testimony

State Board of Correction testimony

State Board of Corrections projections

Governor’s proposal

The Governor’s office, as you know, brought forward a proposal to use previously hidden sources of revenue to contribute to the Budget Stabilization Fund.  Here are the only details we have from the administration on that proposal:

Governor’s $21M

Schedule

Public hearings continue today and tomorrow. The full schedule is available here: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm

As always please join the committee in Room 228, listen online at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm or watch MPBN’s Capitol Connection broadcast either here: http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx, over the air or through your cable provider.

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