No matter where in the state they live or how much money their family makes, Maine kids deserve a high-quality education. This work has never been more important: Maine’s workforce is aging rapidly, creating a skills and workforce shortage. Jared recognizes the urgent need to prepare Mainers to address these shortages and ready the next generations with the skills required to stay in Maine and take good jobs.
That means providing schools, particularly in rural areas, with the resources they need to be successful. Teachers are some of the most valuable public servants in Maine. They should not have to struggle to make ends meet and they should have the freedom to teach rather than devoting all their time to testing. Earlier this year, Jared voted to boost funding for K-12 education and provide more support for special education programs across the country.
Many of the dependable, middle-class jobs in Maine don’t require a four year degree. Industries like shipbuilding and forest products need workers with specialized technical skills. Jared believes we need to improve the pathways to these jobs with better access to training programs and more support for apprenticeships. Jared has stood up against changes that would hurt successful apprenticeship programs. He also passed legislation through the House that directs the Navy to develop and implement a plan to train the workforce necessary for its growing fleet at Bath Iron Works and other shipyards.
Jared knows many Mainers struggle under the weight of student loans, stifling their ability to buy a house, start a family, or launch a business. He’s working to help make higher education more affordable for regular folks. Student loan debt in our state has doubled in the last decade, averaging about $30,000 for recent graduates. These are pressures that older generations just didn’t have to deal with and they keep young Mainers from contributing to their local economies, buying houses, having children, and often pushes them to leave the state in search of higher pay. Jared voted to expand Pell Grants, our country’s largest financial aid program. He is also a cosponsor of the What You Can Do For Your Country Act, which improves the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so that teachers, nurses, first responders, and other professions designed to serve their communities can have their loans forgiven after a decade of service.
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WASHINGTON — As Maine students confront the realities of learning from home for the rest of the school year, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) called on House and Senate leadership this week to allocate an additional $2 billion for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-rate program and allow it to purchase mobile hotspots to support Maine students without access to high-speed broadband internet.
Washington, D.C.—On behalf of the more than 82,000 students in Maine who qualify to participate in the National School Lunch Program, Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to immediately use new authorities Congress has granted him to increase low-income students’ access to meals.
WASHINGTON — To bring skilled new resident teachers to rural Maine and ensure that Maine’s rural students continue to receive a quality education, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) backed the bipartisan Rural Education Investment Act this month. The legislation would guarantee that teachers receiving funding through the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grants (TQP) for in-house residencies serve both rural and urban students.
PHILLIPS — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) wrapped up a packed district schedule in Maine last week, capping two weeks spent back in the Second District meeting with constituents, working with small businesses, and discussing career, education, and housing opportunities for homeless veterans at the Garry Owen House.
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) helped secure important provisions for America’s national security, Maine shipyard workers, National Guardsmen, universities, and manufacturers in the defense funding bill that passed out of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) early this morning. Golden pushed for a number of Maine priorities in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including one that guarantees the construction of at least one Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 destroyer at Bath Iron Works.
WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) continued his listening tour throughout the Second District with a packed 10-day district work period. The congressman spent his time listening to local leaders, workers, small business owners, and constituents in Millinocket, Lincoln, Milo, Etna, South Paris, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Lewiston, and Turner.
WASHINGTON — Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02) and Don Young (AK-At Large) introduced new bipartisan legislation to address the longtime decline in younger Americans entering the commercial fishing industry. Golden and Young introduced H.R. 1240, the Young Fishermen’s Development Act with original cosponsors Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06) and Aumua Amata (American Samoa). The bill creates the first ever national grant program through the Department of Commerce to support training, education, and workplace development for the nation’s next generation of commercial fishermen.