Maine Legislation To House Floor in Spring

All indications from a timing standpoint seem to suggest that LD1458, Maine’s Small Business Investment Protection Act, reported out of committee for further study, will not reach the House floor for a vote until late March or maybe April.  Trying to predict when a bill will be considered on the floor is always a challenge,…

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Maine Legislation Still Awaiting House Floor Debate

No word yet of when Maine’s legislation, LD1458, will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives.  You will recall that there were three reports coming from the Joint Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development vote on the legislation, the final being to further study the issue.  In light of that…

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Maine Fair Franchising Work In Progress

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, LD1458, was the subject of a committee work group meeting just yesterday, so we don’t have a full report on which to advise you yet.  Suffice it to say that the Maine legislative page reports that the matter was tabled, but we’ll have more information later today.  We apologize…

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Maine Fair Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, pending in the Maine Legislature since early in 2013, will be discussed in detail at an upcoming meeting of the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the State Capital in Augusta.  The bill, filed by Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast), is identified as LD1458,…

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Maine Franchise Owners Host Meet & Greet

The Maine Franchise Owners, a new franchisee organization spearheaded by a couple of Dunkin’ franchisees, will host a Franchise Business Day and Legislator Meet & Greet for franchisees of all brands operating in the state of Maine on January 29, 2014.  The event will be held at the Senator Inn in Augusta beginning at 1…

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Maine Fair Franchising Bill Back On For Another Hearing

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, pending in the Maine Legislature since early in 2013, is back on the schedule for another important hearing before the Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the State Capital in Augusta.  The bill, filed by Rep. Erin Herbig (D-Belfast), is identified as…

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Portland Styrofoam Ban Back In Play?

It is also reported that the proposed ban on Styrofoam that was considered then withdrawn earlier this year in Portland, Maine may be back under consideration soon enough as two of the Portland City Councilors who opposed the measure have chosen not to run for re-election.

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Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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Maine Administration Eyes Eliminating County-based Taxes

Staunchly small government advocate and Maine Governor Paul LePage has his administration thinking outside the box as far as how to shrink government and relieve some of the pressure on Maine’s taxpayers.  They are currently looking at eliminating an array of county-based taxes across the state.

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Thank You for Being a Part of the 2013 National Conference

We want to thank the hundreds of franchise owners who attended the 2013 National Conference in Atlantic City this week – the event was a great success and we are very much appreciative of the support our first national conference outside of New England received from the franchise owners.  Similarly, our thanks go out to…

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