April 20, 2019

Recent polls predict Angus King will be re-elected Nov. 3. These are the same pundits who predicted Gov. King’s success in supporting the last two referendums, which were resoundingly defeated by Maine votres.

Jim Longley was right months ago when he suggested to Gov. King that the use of MTBE be suspended in Maine until we understand the ramifications placed on the citizens. In the meantime, King opted to continue contaminating Maine’s groundwater until another out-of-state study is complete.

Longley recognizes that every instance of economic expansion in Maine was due to a subsidy with the tax dollars that would otherwise expand Maine’s tax base. The King administration’s policy continues to remove taxable assets at the expense of education, real jobs and taxpayers like you and me.

Maine’s Republican Party fought long and hard against the gimmick’s adopted by the King administration and the Democratic Party. Ignoring our constitution, King and the Democrats exceeded the $2 million cap on state bonding by $136 million without the approval of you and me as prescribed by our constitution. These policies have put Maine on the move, in the wrong direction. In the last four years, Maine moved from the eighth highest-taxed state to fourth while at the same time income failed to keep pace in the robust economy the rest of New England enjoys.

I urge every voter to join me in casting his or her vote Nov. 3 for James B. Longley Jr. to be our governor. Paul J. Mattson Chairman Harrison Republican Town Committee

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