PORTLAND, ME, March 25, 2016 (Kennebec Journal) -Two measures proposed by House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, to help communities facing the closure of the Madison Paper Industries mill failed to win support from a legislative council that would have allowed them to be considered as bills this session, according to a news release Thursday from the Maine State House Majority Office.
The proposals included a bill that would have kept hydropower assets as part of the mill for two years and presented separate sales of the two facilities, and a proposed joint resolution asking Congress to address the negative impact of trade agreements on manufacturing in Maine. They follow meetings of Madison officials, state lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage earlier this week to discuss ways to help the Madison area.
Meanwhile, Madison’s state representative said Republicans still are working on amending L.D. 281, a bill that has been carried over from last year and could give Madison and other communities facing large losses in valuation tax relief in the form of additional state education dollars.
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