Gov Mills Touts Tax Record at Democratic Convention | Maine News
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Governor Janet Mills sought to steal a page from the GOP’s playbook during the Maine Democratic Convention on Saturday, bragging about returning money to taxpayers and raising the Days Fund. of rain to new heights.
Maine’s first woman governor has pitted her fiscal and economic record against that of her Republican rival, former Gov. Paul LePage. She said Maine “has consistently ranked among the worst states in the nation for economic growth” during the Republican’s tenure.
“In the weeks and months to come, you’ll hear an all-too-familiar refrain from across the aisle. That they are the party of fiscal stewardship, economic growth and lower taxes. That they are the turnaround specialists Maine needs now,” Mills said. “But facts are stubborn things and they say otherwise.”
The governor spoke to party loyalists at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor ahead of what is expected to be a difficult and costly re-election campaign against the former two-term Republican governor between 2011 and 2019.
The convention included a live-streamed keynote address by U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat. The rally came just days after the end of a legislative session in which the governor borrowed an idea from legislative Republicans and returned more than half of a $1.2 billion surplus to taxpayers across the country. Maine in the form of $850 relief checks.
LePage derided the checks as a gimmick and said the surplus should have been earmarked for tax reform.
“Never has an administration done more to destroy Maine’s economic environment than the Mills administration,” LePage said at the Republican convention.
But Mills on Saturday compared her record to that of LePage on several other fronts, saying she had bolstered the state’s public health agency after LePage ‘decimated’ it ‘just months’ before the pandemic hit. world of coronavirus breaks out.
“I do not know who he was thinking, but it was not the people of Maine,” she said in a chorus that often repeated in his remarks. “We will not go back.”
Other speakers included Democratic Representatives Chellie Pingree, who is challenged by Republican Ed Thelander, a Navy SEAL, and Jared Golden, who faces the winner of a Republican primary featuring former U.S. Representative Bruce Poliquin and guide Whitewater Elizabeth Caruso.
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