James Thorne

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

2024 Legislative Session Update with Rep. Jim Thorne House District 35 – Carmel and Hermon The topic of housing is very much on the minds of Mainers struggling to afford homes or affordable rents in this time of every increasing prices. Homeless camps are now present in a growing number of Maine communities, not just […]

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Legislature reconvenes in January, but committee and constituent work continues

The Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature reconvenes in January 2024. Between now and then, our citizen legislature is focused on constituent work and committee meetings. Since our break in July, legislators have had committee meetings on a number of important topics.  These include: I serve on the Marine Resources and Inland Fisheries and

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Seniors may be eligible for tax refunds, even if they aren’t required to file Maine tax returns

The Legislature is adjourned until January 2024. Unfortunately, it did so without lowering income taxes, despite voting to spend $10.3 billion of our money. The budget that was passed eliminated the senior property tax stabilization program. Because the budget does not address the needs of all Mainers, especially those struggling to pay bills, I voted

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Bipartisan work results in long-term funding solution for our transportation network  

The Legislature continued its work in June after adjourning in March, then immediately going into Special Session in order to prevent a Republican backed income tax proposal that would have returned some of the projected surplus to taxpayers by lowering income tax rates. Although I am disappointed that money has not been returned to taxpayers,

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Memorial Day – May 29, 2023

On Memorial Day we gather together to recognize the sacrifices of veterans, military families, and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. This is Representative Jim Thorne of Carmel with the Weekly Republican Radio Address. While many of us find our own unique mark we choose to leave on the world, we should all

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Bills promoting curriculum transparency and parental rights over their children’s education to have Public Hearings

STATE HOUSE– Falling Maine test scores and increased parental concerns about what their children are learning, or not learning, has led to a number of bills promoting transparency and the rights of parents to have control over their children’s education. These bill will have a Public Hearing before the Education Committee tomorrow. What:  Public Hearings

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Legislation

LD 56 (HP31) An Act to Provide Free Admission to State Parks and Historic Sites for the Spouses and Children of Veterans Holding Free Day Use Passes LD 69 (HP44) An Act to Improve Electrical Supply Cost Transparency LD 126 (SP65) An Act to Improve the Fairness of Adaptive Management Study Moose Hunt Permits by

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