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Maine Democrats Outline Legislative Priorities
01/09/2013 3:15 PM ET  

Maine Democrats said they're going to focus during the legislative session on developing the workforce, strengthening schools, lowering health care and energy costs, and investing in research and infrastructure.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Earlier this month, Democrats created a panel to address a "skills gap" cited by employers. A study by the state's community college said 4,000 jobs between now and 2018 will go unfilled because people don't have skills that are sought by employers.

Senate President Justin Alfond said part of that initiative is the bipartisan goal to "make the classroom the best learning environment it can be."

Republicans accused Democrats of going light on details and of resurrecting "decades-old talking points about throwing more money" at education and "maxing out the state's credit card" to stimulate the economy.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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