Legislative Priorities

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May 4, 2015
“Maine needs policies that increase the wages of workers, not reduce them. We can’t sustain our state’s economy with jobs that don’t compensate workers adequately.” Good Morning Senator Volk, Representative Herbig, and members of Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development.
April 30, 2015
Accepting federal healthcare funds would be good for the thousands of uninsured Mainers who are one accident or illness away from financial catastrophe. It would also support thousands of jobs and infuse hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s economy.   
April 28, 2015
LD 835 would raise more than $55 million per year in revenue for the General Fund and affect only about 2% of Maine’s taxpayers—the very highest-income households— according to analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
April 28, 2015
The earned income tax credit (EITC) reduces poverty, promotes work, and, for children in low-income working families, it increases lifetime earnings. Unfortunately, Maine’s version of the credit is much too small to be effective and is not refundable.
April 27, 2015
Pay it Forward does nothing to address Maine’s college affordability crisis. It does not help Maine students reduce the burden of repaying tuition costs; in fact its terms are more onerous than many commercial loans.
April 27, 2015
LD 1217 promotes fairness for workers and among employers that rely on part-time workers who hold multiple jobs. It also is a foundational piece to building a strong economy and strong communities, giving workers a measure of job security and making it possible for them to pursue their education and maintain family obligations with minimal disruption.
April 16, 2015
“LD 813 levels the playing field by giving individual consumers recourse when health care providers fail to comply with existing laws of public disclosure. It is a reasonable tool for already cash-strapped consumers for whom lack of transparency complicates and too often thwarts their efforts to make their limited health care dollars go further.
April 16, 2015
“Maine’s economy, rocked by the shift from manufacturing to services, has fallen behind the region and the nation. An increasing number of new jobs require post-secondary education or an advanced degree, yet the percentage of young Mainers with a two- or four-year degree lags the rest of the country.[vii] Ensuring affordability and access will help students matriculate, graduate, and participate fully in our economy.
April 15, 2015
“LD 1092 isn’t about helping Mainer’s avoid their financial responsibilities. Instead, it’s about common sense reforms that would ensure that consumers really owe the debts they are being pursued for.” For a PDF of this testimony, click here.
April 6, 2015
“A good education opens the door to a good job for aspiring Maine workers, to future prosperity for them and their families, and to a strong Maine economy that attracts business investment.