Thursday, June 6: Vigil for a Fair Budget and the Common Good

Members of the Maine Legislature’s Appropriations Committee are
expected to vote this week on Gov. LePage’s budget. Join us for an
interfaith vigil Thursday, June 6, at the State House as we call on
our legislators to show leadership by treating the next state budget
as moral document that strengthens the common good of Maine.

Meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the State House Welcome Center.
The vigil starts at 5 p.m. on the second floor of the State House.
Register here –

The Governor’s budget freezes merit pay, eliminates longevity pay and
underfunds the State Employee Health Plan for another two years. It
undermines the lives, dignity and rights of low-wage earners, the
elderly and people with disabilities by cutting funding for programs
like Drugs for the Elderly, General Assistance, Supplemental Security
Income for legal immigrants and Head Start. It unfairly places new
burdens on working and middle class Mainers to the benefit of the
wealthy few. Register here –

We ask our elected officials to do all in their power to ensure that
Maine supports its hardworking middle class while also safeguarding
Maine’s most vulnerable citizens. We ask our leaders to adopt a fair
budget that raises revenue the revenue necessary to ensure Maine’s
public structures and stops balancing the budget on the backs of the
Maine’s workers, retired workers and middle class and Maine’s most
vulnerable citizens. Register here –

The vigil is sponsored by organizations that are part of the Fair
Share Now Coalition and Maine Can Do Better. For more information:

In Solidarity,

Ginette Rivard
President, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

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