Yes On 3 Reply to Gov. Baldacci’s Email

The following is Yes On 3’s reply to Gov. Baldacci’s recent email urging Democrats to vote to uphold school consolidation.
Stonington-  Repeal of the school consolidation law (question 3 on the ballot) will not cost Maine taxpayers one cent. There is significant information which suggests that there is no net cost savings to school consolidation.
Gov. John Baldacci is making incorrect claims about the cost of repealing his failed school consolidation mandate.  He is trying to confuse voters by saying the $37 million which was cut from state aid to schools as part of the school consolidation law is really savings.  “Even his own staff knows that is not correct,” said Skip Greenlaw, head of the Maine Coalition to Save Schools, which collected 61,193 signatures needed to put repeal on the Nov. 3 ballot.  “Basically, the governor needed to cut $37 million in expenditures to balance his budget last year,” Greenlaw said. “Now he’s trying to influence the outcome of the referendum vote by rewriting history.”  The reality is that by voting Yes on question 3 to repeal consolidation, Mainers will save money now and in the future.  Voters in 125 communities understood the issue of costs and savings when they rejected the mandate despite the threat of penalties that are scheduled to go into effect next year.  Consolidation in most areas of the state cost more than it saves. Continue reading

AG Mills Debunks Education And LD 1020 Myths

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has just released her assessment of how LD 1020 (the same-sex marriage law) will impact Maine public school curricula.  AG Mills has gone over Maine laws related to education with a fine toothed comb looking if they have even the slightest mention of teaching about marriage of any sort in public schools.  It should be no surprise that her search turned up nothing.  So why should we believe that same-sex marriage will suddenly be forced upon our children in public school?  We shouldn’t.  Continue reading

Secretary of State ’09 Voter Information Guide

The Secretary of State’s office has released its 2009 voter information guide.  The guide provides information on what each question is asking, what they represent, and what a “yes” or “no” vote on each question means.  Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with each question.  An informed voter is the best kind.  And of course don’t forget to vote November 3rd, or earlier depending on your town.  A thank you too Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess (R-Cumberland) for the heads up on this. Continue reading

Vermont Looks To Maine On School Consolidation UPDATED

Our neighbors in Vermont are considering a path familiar to Mainers.  Vermont legislators are debating whether or not they should attempt to consolidate school districts.  Opponents of consolidation in Vermont cite similar concerns as some have had in Maine, such as limited public involvement.  One Vermont senator referred to consolidation as “nickle-and-dime-ing” while avoiding serious money issues.   Continue reading