Letters of Support Outline the Need to Pass Governor’s Jobs Plan to Spur Maine’s Economy

March 10, 2013

For Immediate Release: Sunday, Mar. 10 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – As the first legislative hearing for the Governor’s emergency legislation to pay Maine’s hospitals finally approaches, support for the plan which is expected to spur Maine’s economy and create jobs for the upcoming construction season.

Dozens of letters of support have been submitted to the Office of the Governor since LD 239, An Act to Improve the Return to the State on the Sale of Spirits and To Provide a Source of Payment for Maine’s Hospitals became an emergency bill in late January. The letters can be reviewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

The Associated General Contractors of Maine has given support to the Governor’s bill recognizing it is ‘the best choice for the people of Maine.’ “As you are aware, our industry has been hit very hard by the current economic conditions,” said Matthew Marks, Chief Executive Officer of AGC Maine. “Your plan to pay off our debt and issue the voter approved bonds will provide a much-needed boost to Maine’s economy and our industry,” Marks added.

Jamie Py, of the Maine Energy Marketers Association said, “Specifically as representatives of the convenience stores in Maine, we also support this legislation because it provides our State with a ‘better deal’ for Mainers and reduces the incentives to shop outside of Maine.”

It has been nearly two months since Governor Paul R. LePage announced the plan that would pay $484 million to Maine hospitals in outstanding debt dating back to 2009, restructure liquor operations and sales to provide a better return on investment and advance $105 million in bonds releasing funding for a variety of projects across Maine. The comprehensive plan would put nearly $700 million into Maine’s economy creating health care and construction jobs, and invest millions to pay for clean water and transportation projects, and start setting aside money for the state’s depleted rainy day fund.

A public hearing for LD 239 is set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday, March 11 in the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee at the State House, Augusta.

If you are interested in submitting a letter of support please send to:

Governor Paul R. LePage
Office of the Governor

1 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333-0001

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