You may have seen a Facebook ad from the “Prosperity for Maine’s Future PAC” in support of Kim Rosen for State Senate. Is it accurate and honest? See below for the fact check on this piece.
The ad claims State Senator Kim Rosen has “fought to lower property taxes for Maine families and Maine seniors.” The ad offers no citations or evidence to support the claim but we can label this ad “total misleading” because of Kim Rosen’s lack of support for school funding – a leading driver of property tax increases around the state.
In November of 2016, voters passed a ballot initiative to fully fund our schools by imposing a small tax increase on incomes above $200,000 per year.
Senator Rosen had a chance to vote for a budget that preserved what voters passed and fully funded schools – but she voted against this measure. The vote was to “indefinitely postpone” the amendment to preserve what voters passed so schools can get all of the resources they were promised and Senator Kim Rosen voted YES – effectively killing the ballot measure passed by voters. You can see the roll call here.
After a brief state shutdown, the Legislature passed a budget that repealed what the voters passed and only provided half of the money that schools promised.
For example, according the to the Maine Education Association, an expert in the state on school funding matters, schools in Brewer lost out on $736,000 in state aid and schools in Bucksport lost almost $800,000 in state aid because Senator Rosen and others repealed what the voters passed.
Because she has failed to support what voters passed and she has voted to cut increased funding for schools in half, we label this ad as “totally misleading.”
The Mailer: A Facebook ad from the “Prosperity for Maine’s Future” Political Action Committee of Augusta, Maine in support of Kim Rosen for State Senate
Towns: Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Burlington, Castine, Clifton, Dedham, East Central Penobscot Unorganized Territory, Eddington, Great Pond, Holden, Lincoln, Lowell, Northwest Hancock Unorganized Territory, T32 MD Township, Orland, Orrington, Penobscot, Verona Island, and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory.