MADISON- Only two weeks ago, the mill in Madison announced it’s closure, leaving over 200 people without jobs. That mill marking the fifth major mill in the area to announce it’s closure. As a result, hundreds of people from the Madison area headed to the Madison Junior High School Wednesday night to have their chance to interact with the governor.
“Everybody knows somebody who works there, or they’ve got a cousin or an aunt and it’s very intimidating,” said one community member.
Some community members leaving tonight’s meeting feeling reassured by the governor’s words.
“I think it was very uplifting to know that the state is going to be behind us in terms of helping to find solutions to the people that need to find the jobs,” said another community member.
Others, such a Senate Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, disagreeing, saying the governor dodged several topics.
“I wanted to hear a little bit more about options for the mill closing, some of the resources that the state and legislature could provide,” said McCabe.
Other topics at Wednesday night’s meeting including taxes, welfare, energy costs, and student debt. The governor also tackling a new priority: drugs.
“Five people a week dying of overdose, and there are three babies every single day being born affected or addicted or whatever you want to call it,” said Governor LePage.
The mill is scheduled to close at the end of may. The governor advising people to get in touch with their local labor reps.