AUGUSTA — Following Gov. Janet Mills’ virtual State of the Budget address, Republican leadership was given the chance to respond.
Senate Minority Leader Jeffrey Timberlake of Androscoggin said he was happy to hear Mills accentuate the positive things happening with Maine businesses and workers, and also recognizing that Maine people are hurting.
One thing Timberlake wanted to hear was where the governor stood on tax conformity.
“They talk about the 99 percent and the 1 percent, I think the thing that everyone needs to remember,” said Timberlake, “is that 1 percent is 251 businesses or 40,000 hard-working Mainers in the state of Maine. I think it’s very important to remember that just because they got over one million dollars, the reason they got that is because they employ more people.”
Timberlake also said he’d like to see a solution that would allow the Maine Legislature to get back to work in person, which would allow for more bipartisanship and unity, which according to Timberlake is difficult to accomplish sitting in a virtual meeting.
Senate Republicans hope before Democrats pass legislation to increase spending for COVID-19 relief they look into the needs of Mainers more than their own wants.