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  • H. Sawin Millett Jr.
    (Rep)

  • Kenneth Morse
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the greatest challenges facing Maine right now?

If elected, what are your top three priorities?

How will you encourage greater civic engagement among your constituents?

How will you support economic recovery in your district?

Campaign Phone (207) 583-4842
Campaign Email sawin.millett@gmail.com
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First, we need to develop and implement a comprehensive recovery strategy to reverse the health, safety, economic and fiscal damage resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. That recovery strategy needs to assume that it may take 3-5 years to return to the positive conditions that existed at the start of 2020. Secondly, we need to chart a course of investing in a) workforce development and training programs to address the skilled workforce gaps that are looming, b) preserving and protecting our Natural Resource industries, and c) funding critical infrastructure needs, especially in the areas of transportation and broadband improvements.
1.) Rebalance the current State Budget and help prepare a Biennial "recovery budget" that maintains critical state services and doesn't raise taxes. 2.) Present a multi-year Bond proposal to fund the workforce development and infrastructure investment strategies described above. 3.) Provide monetary and regulatory assistance to those sectors of the Maine economy that have been severely damaged by the Pandemic.
Responsive constituent services have always been a top priority for me throughout my 10 years of recent legislative representation. Two way communication is the best way to promote civic engagement. Constituents need to be kept informed of key legislative issues and feel truly listened to when they express their views and offer suggestions. Responsiveness is also critical when they seek assistance and that has never been more important than during the past 6 months as I have assisted several dozen constituents seeking help getting Unemployment Compensation benefits and interpreting Executive Orders dealing with the closure of various public gatherings and health/safety precautions.
The Western Maine economy has experienced extreme hardship during the past several months, especially in the small business, tourism, restaurant & lodging, summer camping and agricultural sectors of our seasonal economy. Many of these affected businesses will need help to survive and return to profitability. The current Economic Recovery grant program - funded by federal coronavirus stimulus money - is providing some help but more monetary and regulatory assistance (referred to above) will likely be needed. In my leadership role on the Appropriations Committee, I will do everything possible to promote and assist in that economic recovery.
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