Maine Governor Pushes Pro-Business Agenda

For most of this year, Maine’s pro-business governor has been trading legislative barbs with activists pushing an array of new mandates that would do everything from boost workers’ pay to determine how shifts get scheduled. Gov. Paul LePage is championing a state ban that would stop cities and towns from passing their own minimum wage…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still In News

It seems to be a drumbeat that we’ve been hearing forever, but there were more minimum wage issues of which we took note this week.  Speaking of New York, the Governor Cuomo Wage Board, charged with increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers throughout the state, has yet to issue their final recommendation, but…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

In the seemingly endless weekly drumbeat of minimum wage issues around the country, we see some quick movement in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.  The drive stems from a pending bill that ironically prohibits cities/towns from establishing their own minimum wage and from banning plastic bags.  HB722, which passed the…

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Maine Legislature Blocks Governor’s Tax Repeal

The Maine legislature succeeded at last this week in thwarting Governor Paul LePage and his effort to repeal the state income tax.  LePage has been pushing for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the income tax (put in place in 1967) and replace its funding with increases to the state sales tax.  The Maine Senate…

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It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

We’ve enjoyed following Maine Governor Paul LePage and his quest to eliminate the state income tax with a constitutional amendment.  He coupled this idea with a host of legislative initiatives, all of which are geared toward improving the economic climate in Maine.  This past week however, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee rejected a number of tax…

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Upcoming Events

Plans are finalized for our June 11 Members meeting in Saco, Maine.  We are thrilled that name partner Peter Bennett of the Bennett Law Firm with offices in Portland and Boston will present on the plethora of NLRB rulings and revisions that can directly – and negatively – impact your business operation.  The meeting will…

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Maine Advances Wage Hike

Although not to the extent of New York or Los Angeles, the Maine legislature also advanced a minimum wage hike, moving a bill out of the Labor, Research, Commerce and Economic Development Committee that will raise the minimum wage of $7.50 to $9.50/hour by 2018.  The bill, filed by Democratic Representative Dillon Bates, was passed…

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Upcoming Events

On June 11, the Northeast Chapter of the DDBR Community Foundation will hold its annual lobster bake fundraiser in Kennebunkport, Maine.  DDIFO will sponsor our next member meeting right before the fundraiser and 20 minutes up the road at the Hampton Inn, in Saco Maine.  We are finalizing the program, which will begin at 12…

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Maine Governor Backing Right-To-Work

Governor Paul LePage, who has been a staunch supporter of loosening the shackles on business to create more economic opportunity for Mainers has now thrown his support behind a long-shot effort to make Maine the 26th Right-To-Work state in the nation.  The Governor’s senior economic adviser led a host of administration officials testifying in favor…

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