Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Maine House Speaker's bills address aging issues

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Associated Press,Taxes,Maine,Entitlements,Budgets and Deficits

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Maine's Democratic House speaker is outlining a series of policy proposals aimed at helping the state's rapidly aging population.

House Speaker Mark Eves will unveil the proposals on Wednesday at the Creekside Village adult housing apartments in Brunswick.

His office says that the package of bills, called the "KeepME Home" initiative, will deal with housing, property tax credits and direct care workers. The goal is to make it easier for older adults to live in their own homes longer instead of being forced to move to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Maine has the nation's highest median age, at 43, and officials estimate that one in four residents will be older than 65 by 2030.

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