This Week in Augusta – 02.09.2017 editionHearings on the 2018-2019 biennial State Budget get underway this week. Meantime, the volume of printed bills is increasing and the pace of committee hearings and work sessions will soon ramp up accordingly.
This Week in Augusta – 01.10.2017 EditionThis week will begin the process of committee orientations where legislators get to see who else is on their committee, find out what days of the week the co-chairs plan to conduct hearings and work sessions, get briefed on state agencies and major issue areas of the committee, and hear introductions from lobbyists who regularly interact with the committee. This orientation process usually takes about two or three weeks.
Economic Growth ClimateNFIB continues to press for more focus on broadly attracting business investment, stimulating job growth, improving economic performance, building a better business climate, and increasing the number of pro-business legislators. The recent debate over allowing businesses faster depreciation – that detractors labeled a “tax giveaway” – illustrates the challenge of uninformed legislators.
Workers' Compensation BattlesNFIB is working to protect business owners from renewed attempts by labor unions and their trial lawyer friends to advance legislation that would raise the cost of benefits and inject more disputes over the settlement of injury claims. Maine ranked 4th highest in the nation for the 2009-2012 increase in benefit costs per $100 of covered wages.