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Pragmatism Won Over Politics At Heating Aid Hearing

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Pragmatism Won Over Politics At Heating Aid Hearing

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The proposed heating support package moving through the Maine Legislature isn't perfect. These are not exactly the calculations we would have made if we were in charge of Augusta. We continue to believe that should happen when lawmakers return this week.

Here's the problem: No one has complete control of state government, even though Democrats run the state House and Blaine's House.

Achieving the goal requires cooperation between parties, within parties, between the legislative and executive powers. This is especially true for something like this heating aid proposal, which is an emergency measure that requires two-thirds support in both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate.

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