AUGUSTA- Governor Janet Mills gave her first state of the state address to a joint session on Tuesday night.
Among things she addressed, economic growth and the climate crisis.
“We can do this because we are not Washington. We are Maine,” Mills reiterated throughout her speech.
“A nice speech. A lot of policy stuff. She recognized a lot of people. I thought she did a good job,” said Rep. Joe Perry.
Among topics Mills addressed, the state budget.
“We must be ready for any downturn, any changes. We must remain resilient,” Mills continued. “That is why I am committed to setting aside at least another $20 million for the rainy day fund this year.”
While she boasted an additional $30 million for the states Budget Stabilization Fund.
Some on the other side of the aisle still call the budget unsustainable.
“I think she had approximately ten new proposals but she didn’t say how she was going to fund any of those,” said Senator Stacey Guerin.
Mills also addressed the climate crisis.
She said she’s committed to reducing gasoline use, which makes 54% of greenhouse emissions.
“For Maine people, the salt is in our veins, but today, the Gulf of Maine is in trouble,” Mills said. “Warming more quickly than nearly every ocean in the world, the Gulf of Maine’s ability to sustain its rich and diverse resources is diminishing.”
Mills says she will continue working to make Maine a place people will want to come to.
“Know this, everybody will want to live here. Everybody will want to stay here,” Mills continued.
She also said she’s committed to improving services to families of fallen first responders and improving child protective services, invoking the names of Detective Ben Campbell and Marissa Kennedy, respectively.