AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Republican legislative leaders say they kept faith with voters through accomplishments they shepherded through the Legislature earlier this year.
At a news conference today, the GOP leaders sought to counter a "spin'' they say minority Democrats are putting on the last session as the two parties tangle for control of the House and Senate.
Democrats aim much of their criticism at Republican Gov. Paul LePage, saying he pushed through tax cuts for the rich, cut funding for health care and worked to increase profits for insurance companies.
Republicans said they led efforts to reduce taxes, reduce debt in the pension system, make insurance more affordable and ease onerous regulations. And Senate President Kevin Raye says many of the accomplishments were done with Democratic cooperation.
Democrats have a different view. In a statement from legislative Democrats, Assistant Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, of Portland, says Republicans are "running from their record."
"The fact is that their policies and priorities have made it harder to live, work, and invest in Maine,” Alfond says. “Political theater won’t change the fact that too many Mainers are still out of work and that while the rest of the country has figured out ways to emerge from the recession, Maine’s economy has shrunk."
House Democratic Leader Emily Cain says GOP-sponsored policies have hurt Maine's middle class. “No number of press conferences or glossy reports from the GOP will change the impact Maine people are feeling," Cain says in the same statement. "Their health care costs are going up, their property taxes are going up, and more and more people are working harder and harder for less and less.”