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LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ENDORSES REPUBLICAN CAUCUS PROPOSAL TO INCREASE PUBLIC DEFENSE FUNDING

January 27, 2023

Members of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to increase the funding proposed in the Governor’s supplemental budget from $1 million to $6 million STATEHOUSE – In a 14-0 unanimous vote, the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee endorsed a proposal by legislative Republicans on Thursday to increase the funding for the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services […]

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Plans to Change Maine’s Abortion Laws are Too Extreme

January 17, 2023

House Republicans have issued a statement on plans to expand Maine’s abortion laws STATE HOUSE – House Republicans oppose Governor Mills’ extreme expansion of Maine’s abortion laws. After making taxpayers fund elective abortions, Democrats are now proposing abortions at any point in a woman’s pregnancy, removing the existing “viability” standard. This runs counter to wide […]

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Maine House Republicans Support Federal Regulatory Pause for Lobster Industry

December 20, 2022

Maine House Republicans Support Federal Regulatory Pause for Lobster Industry House Republicans were in DC last month meeting with U.S. Senator Collins STATE HOUSE – Maine House Republicans today issued a statement in support of efforts by Maine’s Congressional Delegation to include a regulatory pause of six years for Maine’s lobster industry in the omnibus […]

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House Republican Appropriations Committee Members 

December 9, 2022

House Republicans Urge speedy consideration of heating assistance for Mainers struggling to heat their homes STATE HOUSE – House Republicans announced today that they have submitted the names of four members of their caucus to serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. They are also calling for swift consideration of heating […]

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Legislative Republicans Issue Statement Regarding the Election of Constitutional Officers

December 7, 2022

STATE HOUSE – On Wednesday, elections were held by the 131st Legislature for the constitutional offices of State Treasurer, Secretary of State and the Attorney General. In a departure from years of past practice, Legislative Republicans chose not to submit nominations for the offices that are elected by a simple majority vote during the Legislature’s first […]

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House Republican Leaders Selected

November 14, 2022

Indomitable House Republicans elect Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham to be their leader HOUSE CHAMBER – The Maine House Republican caucus elected Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) to serve as their Leader during a meeting today in Augusta. Rep. Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester) was elected Assistant Republican Leader. Rep. Faulkingham’s election comes after Maine House […]

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House Republican Appropriations Committee Members 

November 9, 2022

House Republicans Urge speedy consideration of heating assistance for Mainers struggling to heat their homes STATE HOUSE – House Republicans announced today that they have submitted the names of four members of their caucus to serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. They are also calling for swift consideration of heating […]

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Statement on $850 checks

June 19, 2022

House Republicans are pleased that the Governor and legislators from both parties responded to our call for returning over-collected tax revenues to the people. We are disappointed that our March proposal to return them sooner via electronic deposits was not supported. It is important to note we believe calling these funds “relief checks” is disingenuous. It […]

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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”?

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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 struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living, deal with a decreasing quality of life, and pay their bills. Despite several proposals from Republicans to allow people to keep more of what they […]

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House passes National Popular Vote Compact to circumvent the U.S. Constitution  

April 2, 2024

Statement from House Republicans By passing the National Popular Vote Compact, Democrats have again signaled that they do not care about everyday Mainers, their rights, their opinions, or their protections under the U.S. Constitution. They have surrendered Maine’s ability to help choose a President to large urban states like California and New York. The votes […]

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OPEN BORDER COSTS REVEALED

February 14, 2024

Republicans blow the lid off a program that spends over $56,000 per asylum seeker while spending far less addressing Maine’s homeless and nursing home crises   STATE HOUSE – Legislative Republicans held a press conference today to deliver shocking new numbers on state spending related to thousands of asylum seekers coming to Maine for free […]

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PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSES TODAY ON EV “CALIFORNIA RULE”

February 5, 2024

REMINDER: Today is the last day to submit written comment on the “California” Rule mandating electric vehicle sales. Recall that an earlier scheduled BEP vote was delayed by widespread power outages caused by a winter storm. “Because a statewide power outage delayed a BEP vote mandating electric vehicle sales, the resulting amended rule will cause […]

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Maine Senate & House Republican Legislators Issue Joint Statement Supporting Texas’ Constitutional Right To Defend its Borders

January 29, 2024

AUGUSTA, ME – Maine State Republican legislators issued the following Joint Statement supporting the State of Texas’ constitutional right to defend its borders. The statement follows the Biden Administration’s absolute refusal to address the immigration crisis they are themselves generating at our southern border and their subsequent legal attacks on the State of Texas. “The […]

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Bill to allow minors to travel to Maine for controversial transgender medical procedures without parental consent tabled

January 18, 2024

Scheduled Work Session postponed after public outcry AUGUSTA – Rep. David Haggan (R-Hampden) publically castigated fellow members of the Judiciary Committee today for postponing a scheduled Work Session on LD 1735, ‘An Act to Safeguard Gender-affirming Health Care.’ The bill “prohibits the enforcement of an order based on another state’s law authorizing a child to be […]

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House Republican Leader insists on quick, thorough investigation of “swatting incident”

January 2, 2024

Request comes in response to press reports of a hoax phone call following the Secretary of State’s decision to exclude a popular presidential candidate from the ballot   AUGUSTA – House Republican Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham today called for a quick, thorough investigation of a “swatting incident” reported by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. […]

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Statement on Decision to Exclude President Trump from the Ballot

December 29, 2023

Statement from Maine House Republican Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham  “This is a sham decision that mimics third world dictatorships. It will not stand legal scrutiny. People have a right to choose their leaders devoid of mindless decisions by partisan hacks.“ Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham  House Republican Leader  # # #

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Special message from House Republican Leader Billy Bob Faulkingham

December 28, 2023

In the face of widespread power outages last week, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) postponed its December 21 vote to implement the “California Rule” mandating sales of electric vehicles (EVs).  Then came news that the BEP reopened the public comment period until February 5, 2024. Now the Portland Press Herald is reporting that […]

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BEP Reopens Public Comment on Electric Vehicle Sales Mandate!

December 23, 2023

House Republicans encourage public input AUGUSTA – The Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) has reopened Public Comment on the Chapter 127-A: Advanced Clean Cars II Program, also know as the “California Rule.” The public comment period extends until February 5, 2024. “House Republicans will not rest until the voices of all the Maine people are […]

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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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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/
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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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