On December 7, 2022 members of the 131st Legislature raised their right hand and swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. I again thank those who placed their trust in me over the next two years. I will do my best to represent everyone, regardless of political party or persuasion.
The first legislative day is usually confined to ceremonial duties, organization of the House, and the election of Maine’s constitutional officers (Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, and Secretary of State). Legislation is usually not considered on day one.
That was not the case this year. The Governor submitted emergency energy legislation for consideration. It passed the House overwhelmingly (125-16), but failed in the Senate. I am hopeful that, by the time you read this, energy relief has been approved that will assist our friends and neighbors that are struggling to heat their homes and pay bills.
In addition to short term relief, we also need to take a hard look at state energy policies that are contributing to high electric, oil, and gas prices. Everyone needs a seat at the table and a willingness to consider all options, not just the ones favored by lobbyists. I look forward to seeing significant legislation that can be acted upon to bring down prices in the long-term.
I want small businesses, nonprofits, and community serving organizations to recover and prosper in the years ahead. I also want a state that our young people choose to stay in, and one that attracts others to move here. A culture that favors work and job creators will lower taxes for everyone and provide appropriate safety nets without over-burdening taxpayers or retirees.
I will work hard and cooperatively with other members of the 131st Legislature over the next two years. If we work together, we can move Maine forward by restoring what has been lost.
I appreciate the support I have received from constituents and the opportunity to continue serving you in the Maine House. If there is anything I can do to assist you, or if you have questions or concerns involving state agencies, please contact me at Jim.Thorne@legislature.maine.gov.
Sincerely, Rep. Jim Thorne