Maine Senate President

Michael D. Thibodeau

128th Maine Legislature

Senate President Sponsors Bill to Bring More Emergency Responders to Rural Maine

AUGUSTA – Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) today testified in support of his bill that is designed to address the shortage of emergency responders in rural Maine. LD 1462, “Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project to Facilitate the Acquisition of Basic Emergency Medical Training in Rural Communities in the State,” is currently before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. It would direct the Department of Public Safety to establish an emergency medical services apprenticeship pilot project to expand the pool of available emergency medical services personnel. Apprenticeship programs would be established in four geographically diverse towns that have 5,000 or fewer residents and provide accessible and affordable basic emergency medical training classes in those towns. Senate President Thibodeau said, “In emergency medical situations, where seconds count, having a qualified medical professional nearby can mean the difference between life and death. The intent of this bill is to expand the number of qualified emergency medical responders in rural Maine where they are most needed.” The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will consider this bill in the coming weeks before sending its recommendations to the full...

Maine Republican Leaders United on Opposition to Three Percent Tax Hike

Senate President and House Republican Leader Say Budget Cannot Include Highest in the Nation Tax Bracket AUGUSTA – With the state budget deadline approaching, Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) and House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) today announced any two-year budget agreement cannot include an onerous three-percent surcharge that will give Maine the dubious distinction of having the highest tax bracket in the nation. Republican leadership has been meeting on a regular basis at the State House to address Maine’s tax issues while Democrats continue their listening tour that is not scheduled to conclude until May 11. “It is the responsibility of our elected representatives to act in the best interest of the people of Maine which I believe does not include having the highest income tax rate in the nation,” said Rep. Fredette. “I believe that Republicans will not endorse the 3 percent surcharge and we will find a solution that will allow us to pass a 2-year budget.” Senate President Thibodeau said, “We stand ready to meet with Democrats to discuss our budget priorities. But any agreement must include a repeal of the punishing three percent surcharge that is already prompting Maine businesses and professionals to leave the state. “I am certain we can honor the spirit of what voters asked for without hurting our businesses and discouraging investment in Maine. We need a budget that won’t bankrupt Maine’s economy,” Thibodeau said. Senate President Michael Thibodeau: Contact Jim Cyr – (207) 287-1501 House Republican Leader Ken Fredette: Contact Rob Poindexter – (207)...

Maine Unemployment Hits 40 Year Low

The Maine Labor Department reports the state’s unemployment rate of 3 percent is the lowest it’s been since 1976. Below is a statement from Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau. “Over the past six years, Republicans in the Maine Legislature have worked tirelessly to lower taxes and enact other policies to promote job growth and investment in our state. This historically low unemployment figure is validation of those efforts by legislative Republicans and the governor, and the people of Maine are better off as a result. “These figures are particularly encouraging when you consider Maine’s seasonal summer economy has yet to begin. “Maine still faces enormous challenges, but we are blessed with the most creative, talented and hard-working people in the nation, and I believe our best days are yet to come.” Senate President Michael...


Senator Mike Thibodeau
3 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-1500

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