What the Waldo county works business tour taught me
Republican Journal, December 06
"The first and most important thing they said and showed me at each of their businesses was something I already knew. Businesses are succeeding in Waldo County. They are creating good-paying jobs and opportunities to build a career. Despite some doomsday media and negative politicians, there are good things happening in rural Maine that we should all be proud of."
"And, I promised to make sure more people know that."
lEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE SAYS MAINE SKILLED WORKER SHORTAGE HAS REACHED RECORD CRISIS LEVELS
MPBN, November 17
“We are in a state of crisis at this point,” says House Democratic Leader Erin Herbig of Belfast. “I have visited over 50 employers in Waldo County over the last month and a half, and virtually every single one said, ‘My No. 1 concern is I am having trouble hiring people."
Legislator seeks out successes on tour of waldo county businesses
Republican Journal, October 26
"Herbig first ran for the Legislature in 2010 on a platform that included a desire to slow the exodus of young people leaving the state to find work. That problem persists, she said, but it also might be that workers don't know about the variety of jobs that exist locally."
"I grew up here and I knew I could be a dental hygienist, a bank teller or a teacher, because those were the jobs I could see," she said, adding that employers like InnovaSea are doing inspiring work, but mostly out of sight."
Fox Bangor, October 04
"Maine House Majority Leader, Erin Herbig (D - Belfast) launched her "Waldo County Works" business tour. She's visiting local businesses around Waldo County to discover ways to help their industry grow."
"This is all about having having conversations with business owners, with the families that own them, with the people that work there because we need to know that the policies in Augusta are working for the rural part of the state, not just in Southern Maine," said Herbig."
Towns lower property taxes due to state budget
Republican Journal op-ed, September 07
"We fought for and secured $162 million in new funding for public schools statewide which includes more than $3.16 million for Waldo County schools. When towns aren’t faced with cutting public services or school funding to make ends meet, they’re less likely to be forced to increase property taxes to make up the gap.
Already we’re witnessing the result of our investment in public schools."
Bipartisan budget will result in progress for all Maine families
Republican Journal, July 20
"Through my work this year as the House majority leader, I have learned that in divided government, compromise is always necessary. I know that for families in Waldo County, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican; it’s whether or not you can get the job done. In the end, we did our job and passed a bipartisan budget that will result in progress for all Maine families."
Herbig bills on rural redevelopment, autism services become law
Republican Journal, July 19
"House Majority Leader Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, has seen several of her bills pass the House and Senate this session, three of which have been signed into law."
Raise rates, end waitlists for most vulnerable adults
Kennebec Journal/ Morning Sentinel, June 14
"In the Legislature, there are often issues that unite us, regardless of party affiliation, because the cause demands it. The worsening crisis in Maine’s intellectual and developmental disability services system is one of those issues. It’s why we, a Democrat from Belfast and a Republican from Hancock, have come together in support of emergency legislation to address the root causes."
Fund group homes so Maine doesn’t abandon people with disabilities.
Bangor Daily News Editorial, July 1
“The state shouldn’t be in the business of deciding which of our loved ones receive care,” Herbig said. “If we do not get funding for this bill, it’s inevitable that this entire system of care will collapse.”
Herbig, Jackson present alternative state budget at packed town hall
Republican Journal April 28, 2017
“This is something we hear in Waldo, we hear in Aroostook, and we hear in York: that people are being crushed by property taxes," she said, "and that is something we take very seriously."
"Herbig said the proposal also focuses on economic growth and job growth, pre-K through college education, and Maine families (by supporting the elderly, people with disabilities, and veterans, and by expanding prevention and treatment to address the opiate crisis)."