The Maine Legislature could vote as early as next Wednesday, May 19th on LD 553, An Act to End At-Will Employment. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Sylvester (D-Portland), would end centuries of at-will employment in Maine by terminating the right of an employer to fire an employee without just cause. It received a favorable vote out of the Committee on Labor and Housing on May 7th, and your help is needed to ensure the full legislature does not adopt this misguided attempt to overhaul labor markets in Maine.
This would mean employees could only be terminated following a progressive three-step disciplinary process, documenting each step in writing. Harmful impact of this bill include:
How can you help ensure this bill fails? Contact your legislator to share the adverse impacts this would have on your business. Given the favorable vote out of committee this will mean all hands on deck to share with legislators how harmful this bill would be.
Contact information for Greater Portland area legislators can be found at the following links:
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The Mills Administration has released a series of spending proposals that will now head to the Legislature for consideration, amendment, and eventual passage. See below for details on the Administration’s proposals for a) spending federal relief dollars; b) a supplemental budget for the upcoming biennium; and c) a bond package.
Maine Jobs & Recovery Act
The Maine Jobs & Recovery Act is the Mills Administration’s proposal to invest more than $1 billion in discretionary Federal relief funds allocated to Maine under the American Rescue Plan Act. The plan draws heavily on recommendations from the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the State’s 10-Year Economic Development Strategy.
The primary goals of the proposal are:
Biennial Budget “Part Two”
Given the recent positive revenue forecast from the State’s Revenue Forecasting Committee, the Administration has proposed a supplemental budget for the upcoming two years (starting July 1, 2021) that builds upon the biennial budget passed by the Legislature in March.
The “part two” budget proposal includes:
The Mills Administration has also released its bond package for the year. While Governor Mills initially laid out an ambitious bonding agenda back in January, she scaled back her approach after passage of the Federal American Rescue Plan.
The Administration’s bond package now includes:
These three spending proposals will now head to the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee for review.
Read More About the Maine Jobs & Recovery Act