Correction: Maine Legislature story

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013
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"We need to come together in order to solve our problems. We must do better, and if everyone pitches in, we can make Maine a better state," Eves said in a statement. "While we might not always agree, we will always seek common ground in order to strengthen the economy and grow the middle class."

Unimpressed, Republicans responded with a statement accusing Democrats of going light on details and of resurrecting "decades-old talking points about throwing more money at the problem of poor education results and maxing out the state's credit card for stimulus spending."

House Republican leader Ken Fredette, of Newport, said the GOP already increased spending on schools but additional reforms are needed including a teacher assessment program and improved career and technical training.

"We must continue to break up the status quo and put students first with reforms that shake up the education establishment and breathe new life into our schools," he said.

Assistant House Republican Leader Rep. Alexander Willette, R-Mapleton, worried that Democrats' solution for economic recovery and other programs will involve more taxes and borrowing.

"The Democrats were noncommittal on whether they wanted to raise taxes," he said. "I can say without hesitation that in the face of tax increases at the federal level and the fact that we remain one of the most heavily taxed states in the nation, we cannot punish Maine taxpayers further."