January 30, 2013

Maine lawmakers find a place to agree

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine legislative Democrats and Republicans are finding some areas in which they can agree.

In a session that so far has highlighted differences more than areas of agreement, lawmakers from each party have formed a Measures of Growth Caucus. The nonpartisan group will focus on expanding the state's economy and improving Mainers' quality of life.

Republican Sen. Tom Saviello of Wilton, one of the founders, says an annual, $55,000 "Measures of Growth" report to the Legislature that assesses Maine's economy, communities and environment should be taken into account in the legislative process.

Democratic Rep. Terry Hayes of Buckfield, the other founder, says areas of agreement are more likely to be found when data is used to inform policy discussions, rather than ideology.

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