Last updated: May 26, 2020
Managing the coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a significant impact on Maine's budget and may require new legislation.
I am reaching out to all candidates and local officials to understand their policy ideas. (Here are my initial thoughts on the pandemic.) Once I've had a chance to review candidate statements and position papers, I'll provide a summary and analysis.
The next session of the Maine Legislature, whose members will all be elected in November, will assume most of the responsibility for policy decisions that will either help or hinder Maine's recovery.
This November we will elect two members of the House of Representatives, and one United States Senator. Most of the funding for recovery from the pandemic, both here in Maine and around the country, will need to be approved by the next session of Congress.
This November we will elect the President of the United States, who will need to work with Congress to provide the bulk of the funding for recovery from the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Tyler Patterson (student representative)
Maddie Wayne (student representative)
James Myall, Maine Center for Economic Policy
Maine Medical Association, Public Health Committee
World Health Organization