Democrats unveil 'vision' for next two years

Maine Dems lay out vision for party

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — With about a month and a half until Election Day, Democrats in the Legislature are hoping to win votes by telling voters what the party will try to do if they win.

Legislative leaders held a forum Tuesday night in Topsham to unveil the party's "vision" for the next session of the Legislature.

The plan includes a number of issues Democrats have raised before, along with some new details. It calls for increasing state investment in infrastructures such as roads and broadband. There are proposals to increase funding for pre-K and K-12 schools, along with workforce training.

Party leaders said their plan is all about keeping more young people living and working in Maine and enticing others to move here. Former Democratic Speaker of the House and NEWS CENTER political analyst John Richardson said investing in Maine could send a message that will appeal to younger workers.

But Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau said the Democratic plan depends on more state spending, which he said would hurt the profits of job creators.

Thibodeau said the GOP will be focusing on lowering energy costs and taxes, but at this plan to hold a competing vision event.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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