Skowhegan rejects Jay’s request to share lobbying costs

Portland Press Herald

Bruce Gerrity is mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article on the lobbying costs related to legislation on decreases in tax valuations of paper mills. The town of Jay has requested $2,500 from the towns of Skowhegan, Madison, and East Millinocket.

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Jay Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said in an email to officials in Madison, Skowhegan and East Millinocket that Jay was looking at a “very significant invoice” for the lobbying that the town has done on two bills in the Legislature.

“Since this was essentially done on behalf of all of our communities, I need to ask if your boards would consider contributing to the costs,” LaFreniere wrote.

LaFreniere said even $2,500 from each of the other towns would help.

The Portland-based law firm Preti Flaherty provided the lobbying service. According to lobbyist records on file at the state, Jay has paid Bruce Gerrity, of Preti Flaherty, and his team $10,868 to date.