Strimling and Harriman grade legislative session

(NEWS CENTER) -- Political analysts Phil Harriman and Ethan Strimling gave their grades for the Maine Legislative session Wednesday, weighing the bills passed and the overall attitude.

Strimling said Gov. LePage didn't get really accomplish what he laid out for welfare and business zones at the State of the State.

"You have to look at him and at the end of the day, it's his fault. Democrats gave him versions of the bills, but he wouldn't sign them. I have to give him a D or an F," said Strimling.

Harriman countered that for people concerned with government growth, the governor did a good job of preventing even more expansion.

"He gets a C for making sure that we have a government we can afford," said Harriman

Harriman said that LePage did place himself in a good position or reelection, giving himself some issues to be on the offensive during the campaign. Strimling agreed, saying that his issues will appeal to the voter base.

As for the Maine Legislature, Harriman said it's a draw or a recede. The Democrats did a great job of solidifying their base. Strimling agreed, saying Democrats did better than past years, giving them a high B or low A. They compromised, got property tax relief and expanded pre-K, said Strimling

The Republicans were a little more obstinate, said Strimling, but overall did a good job. Harriman said now the legislature is waiting to see the governor sign the budget.


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