Reject Harmful Cuts to Programs Providing a Lifeline to Maine Families
AUGUSTA–Following an event where concerned Mainers delivered more than 600 postcards to the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dana Connors, President of the Maine Chamber of Commerce, added his organization’s voice to those who had taken action this morning.
“The Maine State Chamber of Commerce has clearly identified the importance hiring more foreign born workers as one of the key strategies for increasing Maine’s workforce by 2020,” Connors said in a statement. “It’s simple, in order for our companies to expand they need to have the available workers to grow. It is in this light that we should focus our policy discussions in Augusta on passing laws and policies that attract people to Maine communities, where they will start new businesses and make Maine their home.”
After a press conference in the Welcome Center, faith leaders, concerned Mainers, and members of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition delivered a box filled with more than 600 postcards and decorated with images of some of Maine’s immigrant children to Representative Peggy Rotundo, co-chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. The postcards urged lawmaker sto reject cuts to vital safety-net programs. Representative Rotundo told them that she would share the postcards with the other legislators on the committee. The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee is responsible for negotiating these proposals in the state’s biennial budget.
Organizers of the event had noted earlier that the cost of preserving General Assistance, TANF, SNAP and SSI for immigrants here in Maine would be about $3.9 million for each year of the biennium. That is 1/10th of 1% of the overall budget. They want legislators to know that this investment is good for our economy and good for Maine’s children. Maine can’t afford to put more families out on the street without money for food or shelter.