This Week in Augusta – May 22, 2017 editionMost committees are finishing up their work this week with last-minute hearings, work sessions, and reviews of amendments to legislation. Legislative sessions are now held on three days (Tuesday-Thursday), as lawmakers head toward a target adjournment date of June 21.
This Week in Augusta – 05.08.2017 editionIt’s crunch time in committees as they scramble to vote on bills by May 12. Hearings and work session schedules are as crowded as menus in some restaurants. Two significant work sessions include one in the Taxation Committee on bills concerning the 3% income surtax and one in the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee concerning bills to restore the tip credit, allow at training wage for you, and otherwise amend the minimum wage law passed by voters last November. Both work sessions will be held on May 10 (details below).
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.
State Fiscal Policy ReformNFIB is working to educate lawmakers on the need for spending reform at the state and municipal levels, so that any tax reform enacted does not make excessive spending a bigger problem, and educating lawmakers on the importance of more private sector jobs and business investment as a critical component of fiscal policy.