Maine Senate supports Miramant bill to increase funding for schools
The Senate passed a bill from Senator David Miramant, D-Camden, on Monday, June 7, which would force the state of Maine to meet its 55% school contribution requirement. Law LD 1114, “An Act to Require the State to Respect the Mandatory 55% School Contribution,” received unanimous and bipartisan support.
LD 1114 would increase the share of state funding for essential services and programs and public schools to 55%. In 2003, voters in Maine passed a citizens’ referendum that required the state to pay 55% of the operating costs of public schools in order to reduce property taxes. Under a supplementary budget proposal from Governor Janet Mills presented in May, the state’s contribution to K-12 public education would meet the 55% threshold in state law for first time in many years.
the Maine School Principals Association; Municipal Association of Maine; Association of School Boards of Maine; The Maine School Superintendents Association and the Maine Education Association have all testified in favor of this bill.
LD 1114 faces further votes in the Legislature.