AUGUSTA – Bipartisan lawmakers holding a press conference in Augusta this afternoon – hoping to get the governor to release almost eleven million dollars in conservation bonds.
The land for Maine’s future bonds were approved by voters in 2010 and 2012 but LePage told lawmakers he plans to use the funds to approve more timber cutting on public lands.
The governor says this will help pay for low-income heating assistance.
The bipartisan group – spearheaded by Republican Senator Roger Katz – are supporting a bill that would make it illegal for the governor to hold those funds.
“The basic premise is clear here, that no one, including a governor ought to have the right to be able to veto what the citizens of Maine do at the ballot box.” Senator Roger Katz, (R) – Augusta
“While we recognize the lands for future Maine bonds have been approved by voters, really what we want to do here is look at what is good public policy.” Ken Fredette, House Republican Leader
Katz’s bill does not yet have an ID number. Once it does, the measure will have a public hearing.