Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced recently that she has been trying to find an agreement with the local lawmakers that will give each eligible families to get up to $900.
Relief Checks for Residents in Maine
Many residents in Maine continue to struggle and meet their daily needs due to the increasing inflation rate that affects the prices of basic commodities. Recently, Main Gov. Janet Mills proposed that an amount of $450 should be given to each eligible individual resident while $900 for each qualified family.
Gov. Mills unveiled the $$474 million emergency winter energy relief plan on Tuesday an additional $50 million for home heating assistance programs and $21 million for emergency housing programs, according to a published article in SUN JOURNAL.
Her proposal, which could be put to a vote on Wednesday following the swearing-in of state lawmakers, would entitle 858,000 Mainers earning up to $100,000 annually, heads of household earning up to $150,000, and married couples earning $200,000.
Gov. Mills Released a Statement
Gov. Janet Mills said, “We want to get an emergency bill enacted to keep people from freezing to death in the next couple of months. That’s important. What’s government for, except to save lives, fundamentally, first and foremost.”
According to Mills, inflation and skyrocketing energy costs are having a severe impact on Mainers, often forcing people to choose between paying for basic essentials like heating their homes or putting food on the table.
Meanwhile, talks broke down after Republicans requested time to hold a hearing on the proposal and obtain more information regarding how it would be funded. Maine political leaders spent Tuesday trying to negotiate a bipartisan deal that had support from both sides of the political aisle before putting it to a vote Wednesday.