Green Party Legislator Uses Power

John Eder of Maine is the nation’s only Green Party state representative. In March he was presented with an opportunity when the Democrats needed his vote in order to pass the governor’s budget. In exchange for his cooperation, Eder had a few of his own demands met:

[Eder] agreed to vote for the governor’s budget in exchange for $200,000 for the Portland Bilingual Program and a whopping $500,000 to establish the state’s first “creative economy incubator” in Portland, along with an appointment for himself to be made co-chair of the governor’s Creative Economy Council, which will advise the governor on how this creative economy should be fostered. Eder hopes the Portland incubator will help bolster the arts in the city.

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