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For Immediate Release

Date: 04/14/14

House Dems Reject 'Open for Biz' Proposal in Stubborn Defense of Status Quo

LePage reform would help Maine compete for jobs with booming 'red' states

AUGUSTA - The House on Monday rejected LD 1835, Governor LePage's bill to create "Open for Business" zones, in a party-line, 91-55 vote. The innovative proposal would establish tax and energy incentives while allowing for limited "Right to Work" at former military bases in Brunswick and Presque Isle.

"This vote was about stubbornly defending the status quo of Maine's economy versus trying something new and implementing bold reforms that would bring thousands of new jobs to our state," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport. "This vote was not a surprise, considering Democrats have said they'd rather see no jobs than jobs created by Right to Work policies."

When asked by a radio host (at 3:00), "Wouldn't it be better to have Right to Work jobs than to have no jobs at all?" Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond replied, "No, it wouldn't."

"Mainers expect their leaders to try new things, not cling to business as usual," said Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton. "The failed, liberal, big government policies of the past have left Maine in the economic doldrums for too long. It's time for real change, and Republicans will continue pushing for these pro-growth reforms."

The bill was supported by Maine retailers and small businesses, who called it "bold" and "transformational." The measure was also supported by the development authorities at the former air bases.

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