This is not the first time the State Department of Corrections proposed de-funding the Downeast Correctional Facility. It's located at the former Bucks Harbor Naval Station and employs 51 people.
Representative Will Tuell, R-Machias, said "This has come around every year or two, that the community has to rise up and fight to keep the facility, keep it open.keep it functional."
De-funding is bureaucratic speak for eliminating a position, function or facility.
Senator Joyce Maker, R-Calais, stated "It's believed the ripple affect would be far reaching if the doors of the correctional center were to close."
"We are a poor county. Our unemployment rate is greater than that of the state average.our average salary is less than the state average." added Representative Anne Perry, D-Calais.
The representatives and senator agree, the state corrections officials need to come up with a long range plan for the center. Then, they said, maybe the region won't be put in this type of turmoil every other year.