Legislative service: Fourth term
Committees: Appropriations chairwoman; Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Bill record: 20 bills, five signed, two carried over, 13 dead
Tax reform: For
Washington County slots and track: Against
Stiffer seat belt law: For
Increase term limits from 4 two-year terms to 6: For
Pass a budget by a two-thirds vote with no new taxes and a controversial school district consolidation plan: People said it couldn’t be done. But it passed.
Peggy Rotundo, chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, said she was very proud of the bipartisan effort that produced this year’s $6.3 billion budget, “in a year people told us that never could have happened.”
The budget, which represented a small – 3.7 percent – increase over the previous biennium, showed a frugal and conservative approach to spending, Rotundo said.
The budget represented cuts in funding for education and mental health programs, and found funding for higher education.
The committee also put together a bonds package.
Rotundo also served on a subcommittee for the school district consolidation plan, balancing the interests of many different groups.
When not in the Appropriations Committee, Rotundo submitted 20 bills, most on behalf of constituents or in the interests of the Lewiston City Council for property tax re-evaluation. “I really feel that’s my role as a legislator,” Rotundo said.