Budget Agreement Has Important Elements for Mainers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 6/28/2021 (AUGUSTA, ME)—Proving that diligent discussion and negotiation can produce positive results, members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee have reached unanimous agreement on a new, supplemental budget for state government. Republicans have insisted that proposed tax relief extend to everyone who worked through the pandemic and not just those workers who … Continue reading Budget Agreement Has Important Elements for Mainers

State House to Open Again – But with Different Rules from Everyone Else

(AUGUSTA, ME)— The Legislative Council, the body that controls the State Capitol building, voted yesterday to open the Capitol to the public for the first time in more than a year. Also, beginning June 2, the House and Senate will hold their full meetings in their respective chambers while committee meetings will continue to be … Continue reading State House to Open Again – But with Different Rules from Everyone Else

A Bill to Create an Automatic Retirement Program Deserves a “Yes” Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 5/21/21 (AUGUSTA, ME)—One of the bills that will come before the House and Senate in the State Legislature soon deserves the support of all Legislators. LD 1622: “An Act to Promote Individual Retirement Savings through a Public-Private Partnership,” sometimes called the “Work and Save” bill, this legislation would create a program that … Continue reading A Bill to Create an Automatic Retirement Program Deserves a “Yes” Vote

Alarming New Federal Nursing Home Data Raises Serious Questions About Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 5/17/21 From Sen. Brad Farrin (AUGUSTA, ME) – On Thursday, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its weekly data on the COVID-related infection and death rates in nursing homes across the country. This data includes the week ending May 2. For the fourth time in the six weeks … Continue reading Alarming New Federal Nursing Home Data Raises Serious Questions About Maine

Maine Senate Republicans Thank Governor Mills for Further Opening Our State

(AUGUSTA, ME) – With little more than two weeks before Memorial Day and the unofficial opening of tourism season in Maine, the announcement by Governor Mills that she is lifting many of the remaining COVID-related restrictions is welcome and timely news. The message sent by the Governor’s actions to potential visitors offers hope that the … Continue reading Maine Senate Republicans Thank Governor Mills for Further Opening Our State

During the Pandemic Maine Had the “Most Generous” Unemployment Compensation in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine has the "most generous" unemployment benefit of any U.S. state. This calculation is based on the average weekly unemployment benefit and the average weekly wage. This "replacement rate" is the share of a worker’s wages that is replaced by unemployment benefits. Maine's average payout is about 130% … Continue reading During the Pandemic Maine Had the “Most Generous” Unemployment Compensation in the U.S.