Baldacci supports LePage drug enforcement plan

Baldacci010715 2.jpgExcerpt from the Bangor Daily News article:
Will LePage drug enforcement plan win Bangor City Council support?
By Evan Belanger

BANGOR, Maine — They don’t always agree on political issues, but two Bangor councilors on opposite ends of the political spectrum want the City Council to support Gov. Paul LePage’s drug enforcement plan.

Councilor Joe Baldacci, brother of former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, and Councilor Pauline Civiello, who tends to vote conservative, want the council to consider a resolution expressing support for LePage’s plan to add funding for the enforcement and prosecution of drug related crimes and urge the Legislature to support it.

To gauge whether there is interest in drafting such an ordinance, they’ll present their argument to the council’s Government Operations Committee at 5:15 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

“Despite the partisan rhetoric that’s gone on, this is supported by Democrats and Republicans,” Baldacci said Sunday. “It just needs to pass.”

“One of the more important issues in terms of quality of life in Bangor is dealing with the drug problem,” he said.

Baldacci said he is hopeful that sponsorship by two councilors who tend toward opposite ends of the political spectrum will help bring credence to the proposal.

“We thought it would be helpful because we don’t always agree on issues,” he said. “We thought it was important that we come together on this.”

Civiello was not immediately available for comment on the matter Sunday. LePage blasted opponents in Augusta late last month for being “weak on drugs.”

His proposal calls for an additional four district court judges, seven additional Maine Drug Enforcement agents and four assistant attorneys general to help find and prosecute drug dealers in Maine.

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