PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Maine
PRESIDENT CLINTON AND VICE PRESIDENT GORE'S
EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
- Unemployment Down to 3.2%: The unemployment rate in Maine declined from 7.4% to 3.2% since 1993.
- 86,100 New Jobs: 86,100 new jobs have been created in Maine since 1993 -- an average of 11,354 per year, compared to an average of 7,300 jobs lost per year during the previous administration.
- 85,100 New Private Sector Jobs: 85,100 new private sector jobs have been created in Maine since 1993 -- an average of 11,222 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 8,200 jobs were lost each year under the previous administration.
- 9,500 New Construction Jobs: 9,500 construction jobs have been created in Maine since 1993 -- an average of 1,253 jobs per year. In contrast, an average of 3,225 construction jobs were lost each year during the previous administration.
- 44,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 18,000 Maine workers have benefited from an increase in the minimum wage—from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 26,000 more received an additional raise—from $4.75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. President Clinton and Vice President Gore have called on Congress to raise the minimum wage by an additional $1.00 over two years.
- Home Building Up 4.2%: Home building in Maine has increased by an average of 4.2% per year since 1993, after falling over 16.3% per year during the previous administration.
- Poverty Has Fallen: Nationally, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.1% in 1993 to 11.8% in 1999, the lowest level since 1979. In Maine, the poverty rate has fallen from 15.4% in 1993 to 10.5% in 1999. [Census Bureau]
- A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 142,000 families in Maine.
- Business Failures Down 9.6%: Business failures have dropped an average of 9.6% per year since 1993, after increasing an average of over 53% per year during the previous administration [Oct. 98 data].
- Homeownership Has Increased in Maine: Homeownership in Maine has increased from 72.1% to 77.4% since 1993.
- Maine's Families Reap Benefits of Deficit Reduction: Public debt is on track to be $2.4 trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings real benefits for the American people -- a family in Maine with a home mortgage of $100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced payments on car loans and student loans.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
- Over 3,600 Children in Head Start: 3,618 Maine children were enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, Maine will receive $20.5 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $9.2 million over 1993.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Maine's Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, Maine received $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new, well-prepared public school teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving Maine an additional $6.1 million in 2000.
- $2.1 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], Maine receives $2.1 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. [Education Department, 12/3/99]
- $2.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], Maine receives $2.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
- $32.2 Million for Students Most in Need: Maine receives $32.2 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY00]. This includes over $549,000 in accountability grants, to help states and school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable for results.
- $29.8 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], Maine will receive $29.8 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting 14,885 Maine students.
- Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Maine will receive $7.8 million in Work-Study funding in 2000 to help Maine students work their way through college.
- Nearly 1,100 Have Served in Maine through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 1,079 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Maine's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
- Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 21,000 students in Maine will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 26,000 students in Maine will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate]
- Expanded Job Training to Maine's Dislocated Workers: President Clinton's FY 2001 budget would triple funding for the dislocated workers program over 1992 levels. Maine received $3.9 million in 1999 to help 2,350 dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible. In FY 2000, Maine will receive over $3.8 million to provide job training for dislocated workers.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
- Crime Falls 11% in Maine: Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record. Since 1992, serious crime in Maine has fallen by 11%. Violent crime and property crime have also fallen 7% and 11% respectively. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports]
- 265 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 265 new police officers to date in communities across Maine. [through 7/00]
- Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Maine, the Clinton Administration has awarded a Drug Court grant to the community of Portland. The Administration had previously awarded grants to the Maine communities of Princeton and Old Town. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes.
- $11.8 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Maine has received approximately $6.5 million in federal funds to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. [through 9/2000]
- $400,000 for Battered Women and Children: In FY99, Maine received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
- $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Maine's Schools: Maine received $2.2 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING MAINE RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
- 32,523 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 32,523 fewer people on welfare in Maine now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 48% decrease. [through 6/99]
- Child Support Collections Up 95%: Child support collections have been increased by $36 million—or 95% -- in Maine since FY92. [through FY98]
- Encouraging Responsible Choices—Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Maine: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1991 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 26.4% in Maine.
- $15.4 Million for Maine Welfare-to-Work: In 1998 and 1999, Maine received a total of $9.9 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants, helping Maine welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, in 1999 and 1998 a total of $5.5 million in Federal welfare-to-work competitive grants were awarded to Maine localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies, and Native American tribes in Maine received $29,000 in Federal funding. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
- Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Augusta and Portland have a received a total of $267,000 this year to fund innovative transit projects.
INVESTING IN MAINE'S HEALTH
- Health Care for Over 13,600 Uninsured Children in Maine: In 1997, President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for children since 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits that children need to grow up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 13,657 in Maine. [HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
- Helping 24,565 Maine Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY99, Maine received $13.2 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 24,565 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. [through 8/99]
- More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 —surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Maine in 1998, 98% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 97% received the vaccine for polio; 94% received the vaccine for measles, and 94% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis.
- Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, Maine will receive $459,028 in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services. Also through the Ryan White Act, Maine will receive $594,070 for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in 1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 4/7/00]
- President's Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 47% in Maine: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 47% in Maine by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 21,200 of Maine's youth will be kept from smoking and 6,800 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [ Treasury Dept., 2/99]
- 630,000 Americans in Maine Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Maine enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 630,000 people in Maine cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 310,000 Maine women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
CARING FOR OUR VETERANS
- Invested Nearly $283 Million in Maine's Veterans: President Clinton and Vice President Gore are committed to caring for Maine's 153,000 veterans. The Veterans Administration invested nearly $283 million in Maine in 1999 alone. In 1999, 23,247 Maine veterans received disability compensation or pension payments, more than 1,265 went to college on the GI Bill, and 1,822 bought a home using VA loan guarantees.
- Providing Health Care for Maine's Veterans: Since 1993, the VA health system has increased the number of patients treated every year by over 29 percent; treated 83 percent more homeless patients; organized approximately 1,300 sites of care delivery under 22 Veterans Integrated Service Networks; and established more than 250 new community-based outpatient clinics. In 1999, 18,027 veterans received health care in Maine's VA facilities.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
- 4 Toxic Waste Sites Cleaned Up: Since 1993, the EPA has completed four Superfund toxic waste cleanups in Maine -- in Saco, Washburn, South Hope and Winthrop. In contrast, only one sight was cleaned up during the previous two administrations combined. [through 3/1/00]
- $7.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks to President Clinton, Maine will receive $7.7 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems.
- Revitalizing Brownfields in Communities and the State of Maine: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to two communities—Lewiston and Portland—for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. In addition, The State of Maine will use redevelopment of Brownfields as a catalyst for revitalizing 85 towns and cities across the state. These projects are intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
- Revitalizing Maine's Communities: Helping to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for Maine's area residents, Lewiston was designated a Rural Enterprise Community in 1999.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
- $84.5 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Maine has received $84.5 million in disaster relief. This includes $1.3 million in assistance with damages caused by Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
- $558 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Maine has received $558 million in federal highway aid, including $10.2 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $1.9 million for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 23,090 jobs. [through FY99]
- Nearly $54.2 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 Maine received nearly $54.2 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports.
- Over $70.7 Million in Transit Funds: Maine has received over $70.7 million in Federal Transit funds since 1993.
- Saving Lives and Property: In 1999, the United States Coast Guard saved 66 lives and over $12.4 million of property in Maine.