An impressive list of some of Maine’s best legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, have cosponsored the bill, including Sens. Anne Haskell, D-Portland, Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, and Reps. Russell Black, R-Wilton, and Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade.
If LePage vetoes the bill and the Legislature upholds his veto, there are two other potential vehicles by which Democrats could attempt to resurrect Medicaid expansion — bills by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick.
While the committee's proposal is the largest of the bond packages before Appropriations, it is competing against other more focused measures. Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson has advanced a $10 million bond to develop and expand the state's lobster processing capacity.
Along with Alfond, Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Anne Haskell, D-Portland; and House Majority Leader Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, supported moving the bill forward.
"So far these reports are riddled with errors and gravely delinquent in their delivery of services. No one in the business world would say let's continue pouring money in to this," said Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash in a press release. "Plain and simple it's a waste of taxpayer money. Here we are again, short funding our state budget. Think about what we could do with $1 million."