Legislature

Inaugural Address

Two years from today, should we be privileged to meet here again, my hope is that we meet here as friends. My hope is that we will be thanking each other. For sharing ideas. For working together. For putting Maine first. With that future in mind, I am honored to serve as the 115th President...

Superintendents criticize education commissioner’s student transfer philosophy

… State Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, who serves on the Legislature’s Education Committee, said while it is within the legal right of the commissioner to overrule local school districts, he disagrees with the commissioner’s approach. He said the commissioner repeatedly said during meetings across the state that he would respect the education field. “He is...

Senate joins House in rejection of religious school funding bill

… Others said the bill would have created a “voucher” program that sets a bad precedent. “Siphoning taxpayer money to pay for religious education undercuts Maine’s public education,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, who also serves on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee. “Schools are already being asked to do more with less and...

In the Arena: Nutting & Alfond

AUGUSTA –  The finish line is fast approaching for the 125th Maine Legislature. Speaker of the House Robert Nutting and Sen. Justin Alfond, the assistant Democratic leader in the Senate go In The Arena with Pat Callaghan to talk about budgets, bonds, education and more. They also discuss today’s Supreme Court decision not to answer...

Supplemental Budget FY13 Proposals

Last week, the governor proposed a supplemental budget. The supplemental budget covers fiscal years 2012-2013 and is comprised of all the technical and emergency shortfalls. However, instead of focusing on sound policy, the governor chose to include several controversial policies in the supplemental budget. The public hearings took place last week and the biggest crowds...

Committee weighs DHHS probe

… Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, supported Brannigan’s bill, even though it needed special approval because it comes late in the session. “We’re talking about potentially millions of dollars that has been misspent,” Alfond said. … Click here to read more from the Kennebec Journal.