State should serve everyday citizens

To the editor:

The whole of Maine is only as strong as its parts — our local communities, cities and towns from Kittery to Fort Kent that are driven by small businesses and hardworking families.

The primary responsibility of the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee is supporting those communities.

That means ensuring the governor releases voter-approved bonds to protect our natural resources, enabling older adults to age safely in place and maintaining our crumbling infrastructure, particularly in rural areas where abandoned roads and bridges threaten family safety.

We’ll also work to safeguard Maine’s Constitution from changes driven by partisan interests. The Constitution is the clearest embodiment of the priorities we champion and the protections we’ve fought for. I’ll work with my colleagues to ensure any changes we make are for the benefit of everyday Mainers.

As House chair of the State and Local Government Committee, I’m focused on supporting home grown businesses by pushing for the purchase of more Maine- and American-made products. We know the hard work of our neighborhood businesses and the quality of goods they produce. It’s time we support them as they have supported our economy.

“The way life should be.” That’s what Democrats are working to protect by investing and protecting local communities from the bottom up, not State House down.

I look forward to working towards strengthening the relationship between local governments and the state to make sure we’re creating a better government for all Maine people.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Rep. Roland Danny Martin

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