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Maine Democrats Call for Cooperation in Legislative Session

AUGUSTA, Maine — House Democrats emerged from their morning meeting to hold a news conference urging lawmakers focus on areas where they can agree and pass legislation, and not the divisive issues like impeachment or censure of the governor.

"There are so many issues that we can agree on and work on together," says House Speaker Mark Eves. " Bringing good stable jobs back to our state, providing incentives for our kids to stay here, addressing the terrible drug epidemic facing our state."

The Democrats say Maine's economy is still struggling after the recession and lawmakers should focus on legislation that will help create jobs. They point to energy legislation and workforce development as issues they believe can garner bipartisan support this year.

"Maine can catch up," says Democratic state Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport, assistant House majority leader. "Maine can step into the 21st century if we start investing in the critical infrastructure and forward thinking technology that is the future of every state or every country in this world."