June 23, 2018
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Group of mayors announce coalition, focus on state budget

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Mayors of 10 of Maine’s largest cities have announced a jobs and economic development coalition whose focus right now is the state budget.

The mayors announced their coalition Thursday in the State House.

The cities are: Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland, Saco, South Portland, Waterville and Westbrook.

Speaking for the group, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to change the way general assistance money is distributed would shift costs to property taxpayers and increase homelessness.

Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald says his city would “take a real hit.” He says the mayors will present an alternative to the proposed cuts, which are being reviewed Thursday by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

Waterville Mayor Karen Heck said the cities can’t simply turn their backs on poor people.

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