“Last week Senate Republicans put forth a responsible budget proposal. It includes the largest increase in education spending in the state’s history and funds education at 55 percent, according to Maine state law. It includes no tax increases and protects small businesses by eliminating the job-crushing surtax.
“We appreciate the Democrats offering a counterproposal. But it increases the tax burden on the people of Maine, and we have already demonstrated that we can fund education at 55 percent with existing resources and without raising taxes.
“Republicans have been at the table throughout this process and will remain at the table. While we are all passionate about our positions, we cannot allow that passion to become on obstacle to finding common ground and passing a responsible budget for the people of Maine.”
Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo)