2/16/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
This week the Lewiston School Committee voted 5-4 to create a subcommittee to consider officially endorsing state legislation to “recruit, educate and retain” a cheap, foreign workforce in Maine.
Before the vote, U.S. veteran, husband, father and Maine First Media contributor, James Mosher delivered a passionate testimony against the proposal.
You can watch Mr. Mosher’s testimony in the video below.
School Committee members cut off Mr. Mosher’s testimony multiple times — despite no one else being in attendance to testify.
Committee member Luke Jensen interrupted to say the testimony wasn’t germane to the bill. However, as you can see in the video, Mr. Mosher proved that it was very relevant to the topic at hand.
Chair Francis Gagnon interrupted Mr. Mosher after about five minutes of speaking (including Mr. Jensen’s interruption) complaining about time. Again, no one else was testifying on the proposal.
Mr. Mosher previously delivered a moving speech about this same bill to the Lewiston City Council. You can watch the video by clicking here.
He also wrote about his experience at the city council meeting in a Maine First Media exclusive column.
Maine First Media recommends you watch the arguments made by several immigrants in favor of the bill and compare it to Mr. Mosher’s arguments. You can watch that video by clicking here.
The committee members then debated for a short period about three options:
- A) Create a subcommittee to explore endorsing LD 1492 — which proposes a new Foreign Welcome Center to the tune of about $2-Million and the creation of an “Office of New Mainers” cabinet position.
- B) Refer it to their council liaison.
- C) Take no action at all.
They ultimately decided to vote on forming a subcommittee, which passed by a 5-4 tally.
Voting in favor of the motion:
- Tanya Estabrook
- Francis Gagnon
- Monique Roy
- Alicia Rea
Voting against the motion:
- Mark Cayer
- Renee Courtemanche
- Tina Hutchinson
- Luke Jensen
The bill is still making its way through the state legislature. Stay with Maine First Media for continuing coverage of this developing story.