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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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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 Republicans urge BEP to vote no on requiring electric vehicle sales

December 7, 2023

The move toward eliminating gas-powered vehicles is scheduled for a vote on Dec. 21 STATE HOUSE – Republican leaders are urging members of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) to stand up for Maine’s people and economy and abandon the Advanced Clean Cars II Program rulemaking requiring electric vehicle sales. Leaders made their position […]

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Legislative Republicans issue statement regarding release of PUC’s Standard Offer rate for 2024

November 29, 2023

Reduction in electricity supply rates still leaves the Standard Offer 79% higher than December 2021, with more increases from net energy billing on the way STATE HOUSE – The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced Tuesday that the Standard Offer, the price most residential ratepayers pay for the supply of their electricity, will drop in […]

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Lawmakers must give the Lewiston shooting commission subpoena power

November 24, 2023

by The BDN Editorial Board November 24, 2023 The BDN Editorial Board operates independently from the newsroom, and does not set policies or contribute to reporting or editing articles elsewhere in the newspaper or on bangordailynews.com. The newly formed commission to investigate the facts surrounding the horrific Oct. 25 Lewiston shooting has sensibly asked for subpoena power so it […]

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LEGISLATIVE REPUBLICANS ISSUE STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO MANHUNT CURRENTLY UNDER WAY

October 26, 2023

AUGUSTA – Legislative Republicans issued the following statement in response to the manhunt currently under way in Androscoggin County and surrounding areas: “We continue to monitor the horrific situation in the greater Lewiston area as the manhunt is underway for the person of interest in the Lewiston mass shooting. We grieve for the families of the 18 […]

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Maine BEP Advances Elimination of Gas Powered Vehicles

October 24, 2023

Unelected bureaucrats unmoved by the appeals of Maine citizens struggling to survive AUGUSTA – Despite the overwhelming opposition of citizens and small businesses to the adoption of the “California Rule” electric vehicle proposals, three of the five unelected Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) regulators have asked staff to prepare for adoption of the rule […]

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Maine House Republicans Condemn Terrorist Attacks Against Israel

October 11, 2023

House Republicans join the international community in condemning the brutal attack on the people of Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Earlier this year, the Legislature recommitted itself to combating the global rise in antisemitism. We denounce the unjustifiable killing and injuring of Jewish and other civilians without prejudice. Please join us in praying for […]

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Statement on  Maine Democrats Blocking Republican Candidate Ballot Access in 2024

September 2, 2023

“Secretary of State Bellows and Attorney General Frey are conspiring to make a decision on keeping a Republican presidential candidate elected by the people of the United States off the Republican primary ballot in Maine. What is ironic about this is that both Bellows and Frey themselves were not chosen by the people of Maine […]

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DEP to Hold Hearing on Adopting California Rules Limiting Gas-Powered Cars and Trucks

August 14, 2023

Rules move toward elimination of gas-powered cars and trucks through forced electric vehicle purchases AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public hearing at the Augusta Civic Center August 17 at 9 a.m. to take public comment on a proposed rule that would move toward the elimination of gas-powered vehicles. […]

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Legislative Republicans respond to DHHS’s recommendation to lift the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for health care workers

July 11, 2023

Republicans said early on that the requirement would worsen an already bad health care and EMS worker shortage   AUGUSTA – Legislative Republicans today issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Public Safety have filed a proposed rule change to lift the COVID-19 vaccination […]

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Bipartisan Legislators call on Maine Consumers to Speak Up to Reduce Net Energy Billing Costs

June 30, 2023

Senator Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth) and Representative Steven Foster (R-Dexter) have joined together to call on Maine consumers to contact their state senators to urge support for the amended version of LD 1347, which will provide meaningful cost savings for consumers by reducing the costs of Maine’s Net Energy Billing (NEB) program. The two legislators support […]

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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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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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