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Rep. David Woodsome

District 136

Rep. Stephen Wood

District 92

Rep. James White

District 30

Rep. Mark Walker

District 84

Rep. Jim Thorne

District 35

Rep. Tiffany Strout

District 11

Rep. Katrina Smith

District 62

Rep. Abden Simmons

District 45

Rep. Heidi Sampson

District 136

Rep. Shelley Rudnicki

District 67

Rep. Tracy Quint

District 8

Rep. Jennifer Poirier

District 70

Rep. Chad Perkins

District 31

Rep. Reagan Paul

District 37

Rep. Wayne Parry

District 140

Rep. Robert Nutting

District 66

Rep. Daniel Newman

District 58

Rep. Caleb Ness

District 82

Rep. Joshua Morris

District 91

Rep. Sawin Millett

District 81

Rep. Richard Mason

District 97

Rep.

District

Rep. Sheila Lyman

District 76

Rep. Laurel Libby

District 90

Rep. Michael Lemelin

District 53

Rep. Thomas Lavigne

District 148

Rep. Lucas Lanigan

District 141

Rep. Kathy Javner

District 29

Rep. Caldwell Jackson

District 80

Rep. Benjamin Hymes

District 38

Rep. Rachel Henderson

District 78

Rep. Randall Hall

District 74

Rep. David Haggan

District 36

Rep. Abigail Griffin

District 34

Rep. Irene Gifford

District 28

Rep. Joseph Galletta

District 98

Rep. Ann Fredericks

District 143

Rep. Steven Foster

District 32

Rep. Larry Dunphy

District 72

Rep. Gary Drinkwater

District 27

Rep. Scott Cyrway

District 63

Rep. Dean Cray

District 109

Rep. Dan Costain

District 33

Rep. Amanda Collamore

District 68

Rep. Nathan Carlow

District 137

Rep. Richard Campbell

District 57

Rep. David Boyer

District 87

Rep. Mark Blier

District 138

Rep. Barbara Bagshaw

District 106

Rep. Mark Babin

District 3

Rep. Donald Ardell

District 6

Rep. Amy Arata

District 104

Rep. John Andrews

District 79

Rep. Roger Albert

District 2

Rep. Jeffrey Adams

District 144

WELCOME TO THE MAINE HOUSE REPUBLICANS' WEBSITE

The Maine House Republicans stand for a better, more prosperous future, and against efforts to depart from what makes Maine a special, unique place to live. Our caucus advocates for a fiscally sound, accountable, transparent government, and for common-sense solutions that create jobs, and expand opportunity for all Maine citizens. We value independence, self-reliance, and faith in a power higher than government.

Maine House Republicans seek better ways to communicate our efforts on behalf of workers, their families, and our most vulnerable citizens. We believe that if the public becomes fully aware of what is taking place within our borders, and throughout our government, the Maine people will give Republicans a chance to lead.

The views of our members are shaped by personal values and the needs of the people and communities we represent. Our caucus members come from all parts of Maine, and all walks of life. Together, we remain committed to a better Maine, and will never back down despite overwhelming odds.

We appreciate your interest, welcome your support, and encourage your involvement in the legislative process.

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My article in The Windham Eagle:
Electricity rates are going up again despite efforts by Republicans to lower them
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently announced that our electricity bills will rise again in July. It shouldn’t surprise anyone – legislative Republicans and Maine’s Public Advocate have been warning Mainers about this for years. I joined with my fellow Republicans, and a handful of Democrats, to try and lower rates this past session. Special interests and the majority of Democrats in Augusta refused to listen. Now we will all pay the price.
Residential ratepayers and now many of Maine’s businesses, will start paying higher amounts of what is called the stranded cost portion of your electric bill. Simply put, this is the part of the bill where you subsidize the solar panels that have popped up across Maine, even if you do not benefit from them. You may have heard it called Net Energy Billing.
Electricity supply rates have already increased 76 percent higher on average since January 2021. The current increase on top of that is due to misguided state policies that reward out of state solar companies at the expense of Maine consumers. Simply put, wind and solar companies are paid .20 cents per kilowatt for a product that costs as little as .05 cents to generate.
This part of our bill is not because of Versant or CMP – they are required to pass the increase from solar on to you as part of their bill. The legislature is responsible for this one because of the excessive solar subsidies mandated through Net Energy Billing and other hidden subsidy costs.
• Standard offer rates increased 132.06% between 2014 and 2023 because of more expensive solar required under the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
• The Public Utilities Commission says we must pay even more for solar subsidies.
• For CMP, stranded costs will go up 93% to $183 million.
• Versant’s Bangor Hydro District remains about the same but Maine Public – the one that serves northern Maine – is going up 60%.
• Some businesses will be subject to a “job-killing solar tax,” with one small business bill going up over 1,660%. Another medium size business will see its bill rise from $431.56 a month to $3,494.46 (709.73% increase).
• Maine’s nonpartisan Public Advocate Bill Harwood says it will cost $4 billion over 20 years. In a May 12 interview with WGME, he said: “It requires CMP and Versant power to pay approximately 20 cents per kilowatt hour for solar energy that costs less than 10 cents a kilowatt hour to generate," Harwood said. "They then make up this difference by adding it to the rates charged to rate payers."
It is important to point out that I and other legislative Republicans are not against rooftop solar. It should be a consumer choice. What I am against is requiring lower to middle income ratepayers to subsidize projects that they cannot afford or do not benefit from. It is wrong!
It is an honor to represent part of Windham in the Legislature. If there is any way that I can be of assistance, please contact me at barbara.bagshaw@legislature.maine.gov .My office phone number is 207-287-1440. You can find me on Facebook. To receive regular updates, sign up for my e-newsletter at mainehousegop.org/
Sincerely,

Representative Barbara Bagshaw (R-Windham)
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Please understand where their campaign contributions come from (follow the money).

Yes. Well put.

How can you guys do a better job fighting back against the governor and Democrats getting away with these rate hikes so out of control???!!!!

Spoiler alert: It’s an annual income of $114,784. Four years ago this salary would’ve made you fairly comfortable. Remember not too many years back when democrats wanted to tax households earning over $200k another 3% so they could “pay their fair share”?

Story: q1065.fm/salary-family-maine-needs-for-basic-survival-2024/
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The DemocRATS in Disgusta don't care about the voters who put them there. All they care about is themselves and the Illegals.

Meet Our Representatives

Rep. David Woodsome

District 136

Rep. Stephen Wood

District 92

Rep. James White

District 30

Rep. Mark Walker

District 84

Rep. Jim Thorne

District 35

Rep. Tiffany Strout

District 11

Rep. Katrina Smith

District 62

Rep. Abden Simmons

District 45

Rep. Heidi Sampson

District 136

Rep. Shelley Rudnicki

District 67

Rep. Tracy Quint

District 8

Rep. Jennifer Poirier

District 70

Rep. Chad Perkins

District 31

Rep. Reagan Paul

District 37

Rep. Wayne Parry

District 140

Rep. Robert Nutting

District 66

Rep. Daniel Newman

District 58

Rep. Caleb Ness

District 82

Rep. Joshua Morris

District 91

Rep. Sawin Millett

District 81

Rep. Richard Mason

District 97

Rep.

District

Rep. Sheila Lyman

District 76

Rep. Laurel Libby

District 90

Rep. Michael Lemelin

District 53

Rep. Thomas Lavigne

District 148

Rep. Lucas Lanigan

District 141

Rep. Kathy Javner

District 29

Rep. Caldwell Jackson

District 80

Rep. Benjamin Hymes

District 38

Rep. Rachel Henderson

District 78

Rep. Randall Hall

District 74

Rep. David Haggan

District 36

Rep. Abigail Griffin

District 34

Rep. Irene Gifford

District 28

Rep. Joseph Galletta

District 98

Rep. Ann Fredericks

District 143

Rep. Steven Foster

District 32

Rep. Larry Dunphy

District 72

Rep. Gary Drinkwater

District 27

Rep. Scott Cyrway

District 63

Rep. Dean Cray

District 109

Rep. Dan Costain

District 33

Rep. Amanda Collamore

District 68

Rep. Nathan Carlow

District 137

Rep. Richard Campbell

District 57

Rep. David Boyer

District 87

Rep. Mark Blier

District 138

Rep. Barbara Bagshaw

District 106

Rep. Mark Babin

District 3

Rep. Donald Ardell

District 6

Rep. Amy Arata

District 104

Rep. John Andrews

District 79

WELCOME TO THE MAINE HOUSE REPUBLICANS' WEBSITE

The Maine House Republicans stand for a better, more prosperous future, and against efforts to depart from what makes Maine a special, unique place to live. Our caucus advocates for a fiscally sound, accountable, transparent government, and for common-sense solutions that create jobs, and expand opportunity for all Maine citizens. We value independence, self-reliance, and faith in a power higher than government.

Maine House Republicans seek better ways to communicate our efforts on behalf of workers, their families, and our most vulnerable citizens. We believe that if the public becomes fully aware of what is taking place within our borders, and throughout our government, the Maine people will give Republicans a chance to lead.

The views of our members are shaped by personal values and the needs of the people and communities we represent. Our caucus members come from all parts of Maine, and all walks of life. Together, we remain committed to a better Maine, and will never back down despite overwhelming odds.

We appreciate your interest, welcome your support, and encourage your involvement in the legislative process.

Latest News

Legislative session ends without addressing the concerns of most Mainers

April 18, 2024

STATE HOUSE – The Maine legislature adjourned today without addressing the concerns of the Maine people. Too many people are […]

Read More

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April 2, 2024

Statement from House Republicans By passing the National Popular Vote Compact, Democrats have again signaled that they do not care […]

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My article in The Windham Eagle:
Electricity rates are going up again despite efforts by Republicans to lower them
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently announced that our electricity bills will rise again in July. It shouldn’t surprise anyone – legislative Republicans and Maine’s Public Advocate have been warning Mainers about this for years. I joined with my fellow Republicans, and a handful of Democrats, to try and lower rates this past session. Special interests and the majority of Democrats in Augusta refused to listen. Now we will all pay the price.
Residential ratepayers and now many of Maine’s businesses, will start paying higher amounts of what is called the stranded cost portion of your electric bill. Simply put, this is the part of the bill where you subsidize the solar panels that have popped up across Maine, even if you do not benefit from them. You may have heard it called Net Energy Billing.
Electricity supply rates have already increased 76 percent higher on average since January 2021. The current increase on top of that is due to misguided state policies that reward out of state solar companies at the expense of Maine consumers. Simply put, wind and solar companies are paid .20 cents per kilowatt for a product that costs as little as .05 cents to generate.
This part of our bill is not because of Versant or CMP – they are required to pass the increase from solar on to you as part of their bill. The legislature is responsible for this one because of the excessive solar subsidies mandated through Net Energy Billing and other hidden subsidy costs.
• Standard offer rates increased 132.06% between 2014 and 2023 because of more expensive solar required under the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
• The Public Utilities Commission says we must pay even more for solar subsidies.
• For CMP, stranded costs will go up 93% to $183 million.
• Versant’s Bangor Hydro District remains about the same but Maine Public – the one that serves northern Maine – is going up 60%.
• Some businesses will be subject to a “job-killing solar tax,” with one small business bill going up over 1,660%. Another medium size business will see its bill rise from $431.56 a month to $3,494.46 (709.73% increase).
• Maine’s nonpartisan Public Advocate Bill Harwood says it will cost $4 billion over 20 years. In a May 12 interview with WGME, he said: “It requires CMP and Versant power to pay approximately 20 cents per kilowatt hour for solar energy that costs less than 10 cents a kilowatt hour to generate," Harwood said. "They then make up this difference by adding it to the rates charged to rate payers."
It is important to point out that I and other legislative Republicans are not against rooftop solar. It should be a consumer choice. What I am against is requiring lower to middle income ratepayers to subsidize projects that they cannot afford or do not benefit from. It is wrong!
It is an honor to represent part of Windham in the Legislature. If there is any way that I can be of assistance, please contact me at barbara.bagshaw@legislature.maine.gov .My office phone number is 207-287-1440. You can find me on Facebook. To receive regular updates, sign up for my e-newsletter at mainehousegop.org/
Sincerely,

Representative Barbara Bagshaw (R-Windham)
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Please understand where their campaign contributions come from (follow the money).

Yes. Well put.

How can you guys do a better job fighting back against the governor and Democrats getting away with these rate hikes so out of control???!!!!

Spoiler alert: It’s an annual income of $114,784. Four years ago this salary would’ve made you fairly comfortable. Remember not too many years back when democrats wanted to tax households earning over $200k another 3% so they could “pay their fair share”?

Story: q1065.fm/salary-family-maine-needs-for-basic-survival-2024/
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

The DemocRATS in Disgusta don't care about the voters who put them there. All they care about is themselves and the Illegals.

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