Maine Policy’s statement on joint resolutions to end state of emergency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2021
Contact: Jacob Posik
Director of Communications
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Policy Institute CEO Matthew Gagnon issued the following statement today in response to the Maine Legislature rejecting joint resolutions in the House and Senate to end Governor Janet Mills’ state of emergency declaration:
“It’s unfortunate that partisanship prevailed in the Maine Legislature over the last two days. Mainers deserve a voice in the decisions that impact their lives and livelihoods. Lawmakers had the opportunity to stand up for their constituents, end Governor Mills’ emergency declaration and restore citizen rule in Augusta.
“For one year, Governor Mills has unilaterally controlled state government without input from the people of Maine or their elected representatives. This is antithetical to the Constitution, the separation of powers and co-equal branches of government. No single person was ever meant to wield this much power, for this long, in our government. We thank those elected officials who stood up for their constituents and voted to give them a voice in their government again.”
Maine Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts detailed and timely research to educate the public, the media, and lawmakers about public policy solutions that advance economic freedom and individual liberty in Maine. Learn more about our work at www.mainepolicy.org.