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State Representative, House District

California policies bring California outcomes in the form of higher taxes, budget deficits, crime, poverty, homelessness, and despair

This is Rep. Tiffany Strout of Harrington with the weekly Republican address. 

House Republicans are sounding the alarm that the Democrats who control state government are implementing California policies in Maine. 

California polices will lead to California outcomes in the form of higher taxes, higher prices, budget deficits, crime, poverty, homelessness and outright despair. 

Mainers are shocked by the pending move toward elimination of gas-powered vehicles by mandating sales of electric vehicles.

They are also outraged that Republican attempts to lower our electric bills by reducing millions of dollars in taxpayer wind and solar handouts have been stopped.

Democrats are promoting many other California ideas that will forever transform Maine from a beautiful, friendly state into a haven for homelessness, budget deficits, poverty, drug overdoses, and a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. 

Just this week the Legislature heard a bill to create a California “Jungle primary” law where Mainers may only have the option to choose between two top vote getters, creating a situation where voters can only chose between two Democrat candidates at the exclusion of Republicans and Independents.

This idea follows the recent decision by the Maine Secretary of State to exclude our former President from the ballot.

Governor Mills announced the creation of a state office of immigration to further her goal of attracting 75,000 new migrants to our state.

This follows news that our state budget, opposed by Republicans, allocated $3.5 million to provide free rent to 60 immigrant families living in luxury apartments in Brunswick.  

The Brunswick monies are part of a $55 million Emergency Housing Relief Fund, which issues immigrants permanent, transitional and emergency housing.

What message does that send to longtime Mainers who have difficulty paying rent or affording modest homes?  

Homeless camps are rapidly expanding and spreading to communities throughout Maine.

How can Democrats celebrate and create more government dependency when so many Mainers are struggling to survive?

Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) recently introduced a bill to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses. It was defeated by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.

Remember that last year, public opposition forced the Speaker to withdraw her bill to excused trespassing by “unhoused” people occupying other people’s properties.

Why on earth would we want to make Maine California with headlines like these?

  • Newsom Seeks to Close $37.9 Billion Deficit by Cutting Spending and Using Reserves – NY Times
  • California’s homelessness crisis is the worst in the US. But who is struggling the most? – The Guardian
  • California Officials Cite ‘Concern and Outrage’ Over Retail Crime
  • Sourcing Journal
  • Drug arrests plunge, overdose deaths soar in California: Connection or coincidence? – The Mercury News

Making Maine more like California will not solve the problems we face or make things better.  

People are leaving California in droves.

Democrats have the votes to pass anything they want despite strong, vocal opposition from legislative Republicans.


We need an informed, engaged citizenry that stands with us to prevent our state from becoming California.

This has been Rep. Tiffany Strout with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.

I’d like to thank you for listening, subscribing, sharing and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Member News

Republicans uncover shocking cost of our open border policy

This week Republicans alerted the public and news media that nearly $35 million dollars is being spent to temporarily house asylum seekers while the pressing needs of Maine citizens go unmet. This is Representative Tammy Schmersal-Burgess of Mexico with the weekly Republican address.  $34.28 Million dollars has been spent on housing for an estimated 2,200…

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Second Session of the Legislature is underway

 Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg) The Second Regular Session of the Legislature is underway with committee meetings and Public Hearings being held on bills. Although the second session is typically reserved for emergency bills, we are considering a large number of bills that have been held over from last session.   I serve on the Joint Standing…

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Rep. Sheila Lyman: Where are you, Governor Mills?

Published in the Lewiston Sun Journal As many people have heard by now, the unelected Board of Environmental Protection is set to incrementally take away our ability to choose what vehicle we are able to purchase. Back in August, House Republicans brought this issue to light. We have been adamant about our strong opposition to…

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Letter: Let’s identify causes and find solutions to homelessness 

by Opinion Contributor The Legislature’s Housing Committee recently held public hearings on bills to address the homeless crisis in Maine. I had two questions for those testifying: One, what is the root cause of homelessness; and two, how much would it cost to completely fix the “crisis” for the future?  In my mind, homelessness is caused…

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Maine is turning into California

California policies bring California outcomes in the form of higher taxes, budget deficits, crime, poverty, homelessness, and despair This is Rep. Tiffany Strout of Harrington with the weekly Republican address.  House Republicans are sounding the alarm that the Democrats who control state government are implementing California policies in Maine.  California polices will lead to California…

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Our Community Takes Care of Each Other

While many people are still pulling their lives back together from the wind and rain storm last month, I wanted to make sure that those that have been assisting and helping since we were deluged with water and storm damage are recognized for their Samaritan-like acts of compassion for their fellow townspeople. Ordinary citizens were…

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Limiting natural gas and propane makes no sense

Maine has a history of storms that knock out power. During the storm of 1998, my family was without power for several days. That required me to purchase a gas-powered generator. Since that fateful week, a lot of Maine folks have purchased a propane-fueled generator to avoid ethanol fuel fouling the carburetor.  Years ago, the…

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

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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Unelected bureaucrats are restricting our freedoms

Appeared in The Windham Eagle and the Lakes Region Weekly It doesn’t take a return to lockdowns, business closures, mandated vaccinations, and firing of health care workers during COVID to see our steady march toward authoritarianism. Unelected bureaucrats trying to take away your right to choose a political candidate and what kind of car we…

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Working to address Maine’s electrician shortage

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Rep.

State Representative, House District

California policies bring California outcomes in the form of higher taxes, budget deficits, crime, poverty, homelessness, and despair

This is Rep. Tiffany Strout of Harrington with the weekly Republican address. 

House Republicans are sounding the alarm that the Democrats who control state government are implementing California policies in Maine. 

California polices will lead to California outcomes in the form of higher taxes, higher prices, budget deficits, crime, poverty, homelessness and outright despair. 

Mainers are shocked by the pending move toward elimination of gas-powered vehicles by mandating sales of electric vehicles.

They are also outraged that Republican attempts to lower our electric bills by reducing millions of dollars in taxpayer wind and solar handouts have been stopped.

Democrats are promoting many other California ideas that will forever transform Maine from a beautiful, friendly state into a haven for homelessness, budget deficits, poverty, drug overdoses, and a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. 

Just this week the Legislature heard a bill to create a California “Jungle primary” law where Mainers may only have the option to choose between two top vote getters, creating a situation where voters can only chose between two Democrat candidates at the exclusion of Republicans and Independents.

This idea follows the recent decision by the Maine Secretary of State to exclude our former President from the ballot.

Governor Mills announced the creation of a state office of immigration to further her goal of attracting 75,000 new migrants to our state.

This follows news that our state budget, opposed by Republicans, allocated $3.5 million to provide free rent to 60 immigrant families living in luxury apartments in Brunswick.  

The Brunswick monies are part of a $55 million Emergency Housing Relief Fund, which issues immigrants permanent, transitional and emergency housing.

What message does that send to longtime Mainers who have difficulty paying rent or affording modest homes?  

Homeless camps are rapidly expanding and spreading to communities throughout Maine.

How can Democrats celebrate and create more government dependency when so many Mainers are struggling to survive?

Maine House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) recently introduced a bill to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses. It was defeated by the Legislature’s Transportation Committee.

Remember that last year, public opposition forced the Speaker to withdraw her bill to excused trespassing by “unhoused” people occupying other people’s properties.

Why on earth would we want to make Maine California with headlines like these?

  • Newsom Seeks to Close $37.9 Billion Deficit by Cutting Spending and Using Reserves – NY Times
  • California’s homelessness crisis is the worst in the US. But who is struggling the most? – The Guardian
  • California Officials Cite ‘Concern and Outrage’ Over Retail Crime
  • Sourcing Journal
  • Drug arrests plunge, overdose deaths soar in California: Connection or coincidence? – The Mercury News

Making Maine more like California will not solve the problems we face or make things better.  

People are leaving California in droves.

Democrats have the votes to pass anything they want despite strong, vocal opposition from legislative Republicans.


We need an informed, engaged citizenry that stands with us to prevent our state from becoming California.

This has been Rep. Tiffany Strout with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.

I’d like to thank you for listening, subscribing, sharing and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

###

Contact Information

Legislative Office: (207) 287-1440

Email:

Legislative Address:
2 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04330

Home Address:
, , ME

Legislative Service

House:

Committee Assignment(s)

Member News

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BEP vote to mandate electric vehicle sales fails

 Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg) for Fryeburg Matters At its March 20 meeting, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) voted not to pursue the “California Rule” proposal requiring electric vehicles sales starting in 2028. If it had been adopted, Maine would be on the path toward eliminating gas-powered cars by making them scarce and more…

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BEP takes a U-turn on EV

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This Legislature prioritizes everyone but you

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LD 2102 WILL RAISE PROPERTY TAXES

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Maine is making international news

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State spending on asylum seekers is a topic of discussion in Augusta

 Rep. Caleb Ness (R-Fryeburg) The topic of housing has received a great deal of attention since the cost of living began increasing rapidly in January of 2021. Many people are now unable to find an affordable rent, let alone purchase a home. The problem is no longer limited to Portland or coastal tourist destinations. It…

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State is spending a shocking amount on temporary housing for asylum seekers

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Climate extremists now represent an existential threat to Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 23, 2024 Video Link: https://youtu.be/A6owTfiDiYU Climate extremists now represent an existential threat to Maine By Rep. Reagan Paul AUGUSTA – Governor Mills announced this week that Sears Island has been selected as the location where her administration will launch its long-awaited offshore wind energy project. Climate extremists were ecstatic with the news….

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Address existing needs instead of creating new ones

Almost midway through the legislative session it appears that little will be done to address rising prices, lower our electric bills or allow workers to keep more of what they earn. What’s more, Democrat leadership has refused to even consider bills that would stop the move toward “California Rules” that will eliminate gas powered vehicles….

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