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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

Bipartisan promises are not being kept

Democrats are taking money away from retirees, farmers, Medicare savings, rural police protection, and our roads and bridges This is Representative Jack Ducharme of Madison, Ranking member of Appropriations, with the Weekly Republican Address.  Just last spring, Democrats embraced a number of Republican proposals that lower taxes for Maine retirees and provide a sustainable funding…

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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

Extremists trying to turn Maine into California suffered a major setback this past week when the Board of Environmental Protection reversed its initial vote to adopt the electric vehicle sales mandate known as the “California Rule” and voted 4-2 to cease rulemaking on the controversial measure. Had it been adopted by the seven-member, unelected board,…

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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

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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

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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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Legislative Address:
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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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Our Fundamental Freedoms are Under Attack

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Secretary of State Should Be Elected by the People

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State must do a better job protecting children

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We celebrate the birth of Jesus and wish people well over the holidays and into the New Year

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Maine should not move toward eliminating gas-powered vehicles

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Maine’s educational system is in dire need of attention

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Maine adopts new law supporting private snowplow contractors

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The Legislature’s 2024 agenda is a little clearer, but questions remain

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Letter to the Editor: 988 Suicide Hotline Bill close to becoming a reality

OPINION BY ADMINISTRATOR NOVEMBER 28, 2023 Last session, I sponsored a bipartisan bill to help save the lives of students. LD 1263 “An Act to Require Certain School Identification Cards to Include the Telephone Number of a Suicide and Crisis Hotline,” adds the 988 suicide hotline number to school ID cards that are already provided to…

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