Breen worked to repeal tax hike, boost school aid and deserves re-election

By Portland Press Herald, November 2, 2018

I was one of a number of District 25 voters who lobbied state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, during the last biennium to repeal the approved citizen-initiative income tax increase, which would have imposed a 3 percent tax surcharge on all income greater than $200,000.

Some have claimed that Sen. Breen voted to retain this onerous tax increase. Actually, just the opposite is true.

Both parties were engaged in working to eliminate this tax increase while increasing aid to education. The hard work to repeal the tax increase was done by the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. Sen. Breen was the Democratic Senate lead on the committee and intimately involved in crafting the solution.

Language repealing the citizen initiative was contained in the biennial budget bill. The record shows that Sen. Breen voted for the budget bill both in committee and on the Senate floor. Those who suggest she voted for the tax increase are wrong. By voting for the budget bill, she voted to repeal the tax increase.

Karl Turner
Cumberland

Original article here.


We need strong, smart leaders like Cathy Breen

By Maine Sunday Telegram, October 14, 2018

I am voting to re-elect state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, for many reasons, including her co-sponsoring of L.D. 1639, An Act To Promote Major Business Headquarters Expansions in Maine, Promote the Commercialization of Research and Development in Maine and Create Jobs.

This bill, now signed into law, encourages major business to locate and grow their headquarters in Maine by creating a refundable “headquarters credit” equal to 2 percent of the qualified investment per year for 20 years, with some limitations. L.D. 1639 also incentivizes significant expansion of R&D, recruitment and employment growth in Maine.

We need jobs in Maine, and we need strong, smart leaders like Cathy to help spark our economy. As president of the Westbrook City Council, I enjoy working closely with Sen. Breen and appreciate her leadership and dedication to the people of Maine. Please join me in re-electing Cathy Breen to the Maine Senate.

Brendan Rielly
Westbrook

Original article here.


Breen sets a high bar for public service


By The Forecaster on October 8, 2018

I started noticing state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, as a likable person to shake hands with outside my polling place. Now that she has been our senator for four years in District 25, I’m glad to learn that someone so likable can accomplish so much. With Cathy’s help, Maine has better funding for education, improved preservation of natural resources, and lower real estate taxes. She is on the front lines for better mental health care, and expanding Medicaid. She is the ranking member of the powerful Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. All these and more are reasons to vote for her on Nov. 6. But most compelling to me is the quality of her monthly Legislative Update, which is a clear source of information not only on Sen. Breen’s successes, but in general on what’s happening in Augusta. In these difficult times let’s support such high quality of public service.

Phyllis Chinlund
Cumberland Foreside

Original article here.


Sen. Cathy Breen merits re-election for opposing gun lobby

By Portland Press Herald October 1, 2018

State Sen. Cathy Breen will get my vote for re-election on Nov. 6 because she is a strong leader in our Legislature. Sen. Breen, a Democrat, is a champion at working across the aisle for sensible legislation and good government.

And she has not been afraid to stand up to the gun lobby and fight for common-sense gun safety legislation.

When the gun lobby proposed allowing guns on school property, Sen. Breen helped organize the opposition to the bill and succeeded in keeping our schools free of guns. And she supported the so-called “red flag” legislation to give Maine judges the authority to remove guns from the home of those who are a danger to themselves or others.

Please join me in voting for Cathy Breen. We need her to keep fighting for us in the Maine Senate.

Bill Harwood
Yarmouth

Original article here.


Re-elect Breen, Pierce to the Legislature

By The Forecaster on October 1, 2018

The Legislature will have important work to do when the next session begins, especially to renew Maine’s commitment to environmental protection. We in Falmouth are fortunate to have the opportunity to re-elect two strong, pro-environment Democratic legislators: Sen. Cathy Breen in District 25 and Rep. Teresa Pierce in District 44. Among many other initiatives, both have supported Land for Maine’s Future, the promotion of solar power, and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Both have been endorsed by Maine Conservation Voters and by the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club. Please join me in voting to re-elect Breen and Pierce.

Daniel Hildreth
Falmouth

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Breen, Denno deserve to be re-elected

By The Forecaster on October 1, 2018

Residents of Cumberland have the opportunity this November to re-elect two highly dedicated and effective legislators to represent us in Augusta. Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, and Rep. Dale Denno, D-Cumberland, have served with distinction and have earned our support in their re-election bids.

As members of the Appropriations and Health and Human Services Committees, respectively, Cathy and Dale have taken on two of the most challenging assignments in the legislature. They have worked hard to preserve our commitment to sound government without losing sight of the vital needs of all of our residents. They are leaders focused upon the future with a commitment to eliminate the strident divisions and partisanship that have too often blocked the way. With open minds and a commitment to listen, they will continue to serve us with a high level of achievement and accomplishment.

Join with me in supporting Breen in Senate District 25 and Denno in House District 45.

Steve Moriarty
Cumberland

Original article here.


Re-elect Breen in Senate District 25

ByThe Forecaster on September 24, 2018

In the age of the internet, society is getting very partisan. Now more than ever we need competent, fair people in our government. I had the opportunity to meet one of these people: state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth. Yarmouth High School has a Career Exploration Program each year, and this past year I contacted Sen. Breen in hopes that she would allow me to shadow her in the Senate. She kindly accepted, introducing me to many influential members of the state government and giving me real-time, hands-on experiences. From a teenager’s point of view, having this perspective was much different from the stream of political media we are spoon-fed; I urge all voters in Senate District 25 to cast their vote for Sen. Breen in November.

Eleanor Buchanan
Yarmouth

Original article here.


Breen helps a constituent get action

ByThe Forecaster on September 17, 2018

When I reached out to District 25 state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, to share our family’s story and ask for help, she jumped into action. Our daughter was born deaf due to congenital cytomegalovirus, the most common viral cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Despite how common and preventable CMV is, only 9 percent of women nationwide are aware of its risks and precautionary measures to take during pregnancy.

At the time, six other states had passed legislation requiring CMV education and screening and we hoped Maine would be next. Breen was incredibly supportive and proactive. Because of the bill she sponsored, a work group convened and recommended public health and newborn screening initiatives that will make a difference for countless families in Maine.

Maine’s collaborative CMV work group has become a new model for other states exploring CMV legislation. Without Breen’s leadership and support, none of this would be possible.

Laura Sweet
Cumberland

Original article here.


Breen listens well and works hard

By The Forecaster, September 17, 2018

I remember when Cathy Breen knocked on our door in Yarmouth early in her first state Senate campaign. I was surprised much later when I met her again and she remembered my name. George Mitchell had the same gift; he remembered me months after I first met him.

This could be just a politician’s gimmick. But I think that the real gift involved is for those of us who elect them to office. Because their gift to us is that they really care about those they serve.

Cathy has other gifts that serve us. She listens well and works hard to take action to better our lives: to improve education, save the environment, increase gun safety, provide property tax relief and more.

So I strongly urge you to vote to re-elect Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, in District 25. She knows who we are and she’s working for us.

Andrew Tonks
Yarmouth

Original article here.


Re-elect Breen to the state Senate

ByThe Forecaster on September 17, 2018

Please join me in supporting state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, for re-election. As a retired teacher I especially value Breen’s efforts on behalf of students, teachers and schools. As a senator she has worked hard to increase financial resources for public education without increasing income tax. She voted to repeal the burdensome state mandate for proficiency-based diplomas, thus restoring local control and allowing teachers to teach in the way that will best benefit their students. Breen has also supported bond issues to improve facilities at the UMaine and community college systems. She has earned the endorsement of the Maine Education Association.

Additionally, in a time when rabid partisanship has often poisoned politics, Cathy remains committed to bipartisanship and has practiced a politics based on genuine respect for everyone she represents and with whom she works. Senate District 25 has been fortunate to be represented by her and she deserves your vote this November.

Peter Vose
Falmouth

Original article here.


Breen a 'passionate advocate' in the Senate

By The Forecaster on September 3, 2018

It’s been an honor to have state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, in the state Legislature. I appreciate the breadth of Sen. Breen’s interests, from supporting small businesses through the Small Business Ombudsman program, to streamlining credentialing for veterans with critical workforce skills.

I worked with Sen. Breen on several early childhood safety and education bills in which she fought timelessly to promote early childhood and preschool retention and to maintain effective background checks in child care to ensure our youngest learners are safe, a basic measure of a quality program.

Breen’s environmental leadership record is exemplary. She served on the Land Conservation Task Force, and fought against off-shore drilling on Maine’s coast.

With Sen. Breen’s leadership, the Opioid Task Force was created to find solutions to fight addiction and save lives. Cathy Breen is a proven leader and passionate advocate for District 25.

Lauren Sterling
Falmouth

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Re-elect Falmouth’s Breen to state Senate

By The Forecaster on August 27, 2018

I am glad to say I have voted for Cathy Breen previously for the Falmouth Town Council and for the Maine state Senate. I will proudly vote to re-elect her in November to the state Senate. I am thrilled to have a fair-minded and level-headed woman participating in governing our state.

She believes that our educational system, K-12 and post-secondary, is the critical foundation for a strong economy. Cathy wants Maine to judiciously maintain and rebuild our infrastructure, which will also help our economy. She knows that we are fortunate to live in a gorgeous state and that we need to carefully use and protect the environment.

Sen. Breen has been a dedicated representative of the people of Falmouth working for the betterment of the state of Maine. Please join me in voting for state Sen. Cathy Breen on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Pays Payson
Falmouth


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Defeat of bill to reduce preschool expulsions will cost Maine children

Posted 7/13/18

After a coalition's thoughtful process to find ways to help teachers work with kids exhibiting explosive behavior, lawmakers do nothing to relieve the burden on child care providers and parents.

It was so disappointing that L.D. 1321, “An Act to Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development in Early Childhood,” did not survive the governor’s veto. This bill would have provided support to child care providers who are dealing with children’s challenging behaviors.

Maine has one of the highest rates of preschool expulsion in the country. Preschool teachers take the brunt of children’s aggression during the most violent years of children’s lives because many don’t have the expertise to deal with explosive behavior – often the result of trauma, especially in a large group of 3- to 5-year-olds. Preschool expulsion not only is bad for the children, but also results in loss of work time for the expelled child’s parents, who no longer have child care.

Maine had spent the past few years studying this issue under the leadership of the Maine Children’s Alliance, the Maine Children’s Growth Council and state Sen. Cathy Breen, among many others. Solutions from other states were researched, coupled with significant provider input, resulting in the recommendationfor a voluntary statewide early childhood consultation pilot program through the Maine Department of Education.

The goal was to reduce early childhood expulsion through consultation, coaching and professional development. The $500,000 cost would have been funded by federal child care and development block grant funds.

The failure to pass this legislation is a real shame. The burden will continue to fall on hard-working and underpaid child care providers, resulting in the lack of children’s school readiness and the negative impact on our economy.

BY: Lori Moses
Executive Director, Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, Portland

See original article here.