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."
The other two Democrats running for the seat, state senators Emily Cain of Orono and Troy Jackson of Allagash, now are locked in a more straightforward race about three months from the June primary.
“What it really came down to was that Troy has just been a tireless champion of working people and middle-class families,” Schlobohm said.
"We're not going to adjourn without a 2015 budget," said Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash. "We're going to do the hard work we were sent here for, and we would ask that the governor finally join us in helping make this happen."
Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, said LePage was playing politics with the bonds and the Maine economy because he didn’t get his way.
“Here we are one more time having to talk about this because of a governor who ... has decided that he’s lost and he’s going to do whatever he can – he’s like a petulant child – to make something happen and cause discontent in this state. I totally disagree with his approach.”
"The Governor is supposed to be the leader of our state. This Governor claims to be a turnaround specialist. But I ask you: What CEO would still have their job amidst a document shredding scandal? What CEO would still have their job if they refused to put together a budget? What CEO would still have their job after bullying and intimidating their workers? These are the questions that needed to be asked. And the voters of Maine will have the opportunity to answer whether or not they think Gov. LePage should keep his job," said Senator Jackson.