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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/10/14

New Survey: Maine Small Biz Opposed to Medicaid Expansion

GOP leaders: New evidence expansion bad for Maine's economy

AUGUSTA - House Republican leaders on Monday said a new survey of small business owners in Maine shows that expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare would cripple Maine's ability to retain and attract jobs for years.

The survey, released Monday morning by the Maine affiliate of the nonpartisan, nonprofit National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), finds that 93 percent of its Maine members believe Medicaid expansion would lead to higher state taxes within five years.

A total of 88 percent of respondents opposed the proposal to add over 70,000 able-bodied adults to the state's medical welfare program under ObamaCare while just 10 percent supported it. Opposition remained unchanged even when respondents were told of a sunset provision attached to the bill.

"We often hear from the special interests that stand to benefit directly from ObamaCare's welfare expansion if implemented by the state legislature, but it's also good to hear from the small business people throughout the state who would have to pay for it," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport.

"Past welfare expansions have built up the massive debt to our hospitals that we just paid off, crowded out funding in the state budget for other important programs such as education and natural resources protection, and led to increased taxes," added Rep. Fredette. "All of these things are bad for business."

Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton is, at age 24, the youngest member of legislative leadership in Maine's history.

"Any young person looking to start their own business in Maine someday should get involved and pay close attention to these attempts to increase welfare spending," said Rep. Willette. "It says a lot that 93 percent of NFIB members believe more welfare means more taxes."

Background on NFIB

Nonpartisan, nonprofit

60 percent of members have five or fewer employees.

55 percent have gross sales of $350,000 or less.

Professor Anthony Corrado, Colby College: NFIB is "well-established and well-respected."

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