Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Re: Dirigo Taxes

State Senator Phil Bartlett (D-Cumberland County), who represents a portion of Westbrook, co-authored an op-ed in today's Press Herald that picks apart the media's coverage of the controversial taxes that will be levied on soda, beer, and wine.

And on the opposite side of this debate, Maine Taxpayers United is sponsoring a training session for those interested in gathering signatures for a Peoples' Veto aiming to repeal the taxes. It is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at 8a, and will take place at the American Legion Hall on Dunn Street. For more information on the training session, click here.

- John C.L. Morgan

P.S. The City's website features an excellent resource that clarifies who represents whom in Augusta. To wit: 'SS 6' refers to State Senator Bartlett, 'SS 9' refers to State Senator Joseph Brannigan (D-Cumberland County), 'SR 125' refers to State Representative Ann Peoples (D-Westbrook), and 'SR 126' refers to State Representative Tim Driscoll (D-Westbrook).


Anonymous said...

Corrected Info
Bartlett (D-Gorham)
Brannigan (D-Portland)

Anonymous said...

Corrected Corrected Info
Bartlett (D-Gorham/Westbrook)
Brannigan (D-Portland/Westbrook)

Anonymous said...

I like Phil Bartlett a lot, but he is way out there on this one. Why not raise the gas tax on everyone, oh wait, it has an escalation clause and does without anyone voting on it every year. Poor poor leadership on this one, just stop funding Dirigo Insurance and we would be set.

Westbrook Diarist said...

The Cumberland in State Sen. Brannigan and Bartlett's titles stands for Cumberland County.

I'll edit the post for clarity's sake, so thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

they do not represent cumberland county

Westbrook Diarist said...

State Senators are referred to by the counties they represent, not the towns or cities. So the State Senators' titles as written is accurate.

Now, you are correct that they don't represent Cumberland County per se: Bartlett represents only Gorham, part of Scarborough, and part of Westbrook. And Brannigan represents only part of Portland and part of Westbrook.

But I figured I'd remain consistent with the State Senate's practice by identifying each State Senator by his county.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Westbrook Diarist, his fact checking is right on. You do a good job, and I like coming to your website.