Legislative Priorities

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April 24, 2017
We have a public and economic interest in making sure that students have access to affordable higher education that will give them the skills they need to get good-paying jobs.
April 11, 2017
Maine people and businesses rely on safe, efficient roads and bridges in order to get to work, and conduct commerce. Tourism, the lifeblood of the state’s economy, is totally dependent on the ability of Americans, Canadians, and other visitors to travel to, and around our state.
April 11, 2017
Seniors, veterans, and all Maine families and individuals who are doing their best to get by in difficult times need fair and responsible resources that will truly help them over a hump.
April 11, 2017
The debt buying industry, primarily out-of-state companies, threatens and deceives consumers to collect on debts they know are inaccurate. LDs 1199 and 1242 will put in place needed reforms to strengthen Maine’s consumer code to protect Mainers from these abusive and illegal practices.
April 10, 2017
I would urge the committee to recognize the serious nature of the college affordability crisis in our nation and state. Please also bear in mind that college affordability is a bigger issue than the cost of tuition.
April 10, 2017
Access to paid sick time would be one of the most meaningful changes this committee could make to the lives of working Mainers. Every year, tens of thousands of workers lose wages to care for themselves, a sick child, or an elderly relative because their employer does not offer paid sick time.
April 5, 2017
Seven states have already removed the special exemption from minimum wages known as the “tip credit” (Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington). Federal Earnings data show that tipped workers in these states, on average, earn more from a combination of tips and employer wages that tipped workers in the rest of the country.
April 5, 2017
The potential benefits of the recent minimum wage increase could be jeopardized for workers, families, children, and seniors if the proposals to eliminate indexing or reduce minimum wage levels are approved.
April 3, 2017
Maine’s economic future hinges on our ability to attract, retain, and maximize the contributions of racial and ethnic populations. Relative to other states and nations, Maine is not necessarily an outlier in terms of the aging of our population.
March 27, 2017
We urge to the committee to support this legislation, which would help preserve good-paying manufacturing jobs in Maine and elsewhere in the United States by helping our businesses and contractors compete on a level playing field with foreign entities that receive unfair assistance from their governments.