Good morning Mainers,
We have an opportunity right now in the legislature to kill, or at least significantly hinder, the East-West Corridor proposed by Peter Vigue of Cianbro. Please help by emailing members of the Transportation Committee by this Tuesday, May 7!
Just last week on April 30, over thirty people submitted written testimony on six bills that addressed various concerns about the EWC, particularly: Transparency and public access to information, expending taxpayer money on private projects, and assessing environmental, cultural, and economic impacts.
We believe that to address all of these concerns, the Committee should: 1) Strengthen the Maine Sensible Transportation Policy Act to expand the scope of the Act to include public-private-partnerships and private Significant Transportation Projects; and, 2) Repeal the Public-Private-Partnership law, because it contradicts the STPA and creates a loophole, and is harmful to the pubic interest.
Our deadline is this Tuesday, May 7, because at 1pm in Room 126 of the State House, the Transportation Committee will work these bills. We believe they are motivated to pass something. For one, the committee chair, Senator Ed Mazurek, sponsored one of the bills. Another committee member, Senator Linda Valentino, sponsored another. Finally, we swept the day with clear support of these bills and opposition to the EWC! Let’s give them a simple and clear solution by emailing them today!
Dear Senator Mazurek, Representative Theriault, and honorable members of the Transportation Committee,
I have learned that you’ll be in work session on May 7 to address all the East-West Corridor bills. I believe that the issues and concerns raised by all of the bills may be resolved very simply. I recommend that you address the bills by:
1) Strengthening the Maine Sensible Transportation Policy Act to expand the scope of the Act to include public-private-partnerships and private Significant Transportation Projects; and,
2) Repealing the Public-Private-Partnership law, because it contradicts the STPA and creates a loophole, and is harmful to the pubic interest for many reasons. This is not a necessary tool and the Maine Turnpike Authority is a good example of that.
Thank you very much for taking these steps to protect the public’s best interest.
Email Contact List: (copy this list and paste it into your email)
EdMazurek1@aol.com, SenLinda.Valentino@legislature.maine.gov, RCollins7@maine.rr.com, RepCharlesK.Theriault@legislature.maine.gov, RepAnn.Peoples@legislature.maine.gov, RepAndrew.McLean@legislature.maine.gov, RepChristine.Powers@legislature.maine.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, RepWayne.Parry@legislature.maine.gov, RepJames.Gillway@legislature.maine.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, RepBeth.Turner@legislature.maine.gov
Questions? FMI visit: www.stopthecorridor.org