Speaker Eves and Sen. Burns to Co-Chair Legislative Group on State’s Aging Challenges
Maine’s aging challenges will be the top priority for a new bipartisan group of lawmakers in the State Legislature.
Speaker of the House Mark Eves of North Berwick and Republican State Senator David Burns of Whiting on Monday announced they will co-chair a caucus of bipartisan lawmakers who will work together to identify and advance key priorities for older adults and their families.
“Lawmakers must make addressing the challenges facing our rapidly aging state a top priority this session. Forming a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers dedicated to helping seniors is a first step to doing so,” said Eves, who introduced a package of measures as part of his KeepME Home plan to help Maine seniors live independently longer. “If you’ve worked hard your whole life, you deserve a secure retirement and all too often Maine seniors are finding it harder and harder to have financial security as they age. It’s a challenge for our seniors and a challenge for our state.”
Maine is the oldest state in the nation. One in four Mainers will be over the age of 65 by 2030, according to U.S. Census projections.
“Addressing the issues that concern our senior citizens has always been a top priority for me as a legislator,” said Senator Burns. “Serving on the Long Term Care Commission for the last couple of years as well as being a board member on Eastern Area Agency on Aging has only reinforced in my mind the need for our state to put necessary resources into the services for our aging population. I am honored to work with Speaker Eves as well as all legislators and the Administration to address this very important issue.”
The bipartisan group will hold its first meeting in January.