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POLICY: MEREDA "Not the Time to Change Rental Laws"- Opposes LD 1143, 1255 and 1296

June 11, 2021
MEREDA needs your help!
 
We need you to contact your local legislators and tell them to vote NO on LD’s 1143, 1255, and 1296.
 
These three bills deal with landlord-tenant law, and specifically termination of tenancy at will (1143) and eviction proceedings during states of emergency (1255, 1296). These bills were supported by a majority of the members of the Judiciary Committee, and if we don’t take action now, they could become law within the next couple of weeks.
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POLICY: Maine State Chamber Opposes 3% Tax Increase on Incomes over 200K

June 11, 2021

LD 498 punishes the hard work and success of Maine families and threatens Maine jobs, investments, and economic growth!

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY
AND URGE THEM TO OPPOSE A 3% TAX ON INDIVIDUAL INCOME
IN MAINE, REGARDLESS OF FILING STATUS!

LD 498, An Act to Reauthorize a 3 Percent Tax on income Over $200,000 To Lift All Maine Workers out of Poverty, punishes the hard work and success of Maine families and threatens Maine jobs, investments, and economic growth!

 

LD 498 threatens to stifle Maine’s fragile economy…

  • Increasing Maine’s individual income taxes will impact jobs and investments, and will ultimately shrink, not grow, Maine’s economy.
  • This bill punishes success and those who work hard to achieve it.
  • This bill will hurt small businesses that have already been hit hard by the pandemic. In Maine, approximately 80% of businesses are established as LLCs, partnerships, or S-Corps. In those instances, the income from the business flows through to the individual taxpayer(s), and he or she is responsible for paying the income tax directly.
  • The Legislature has consistently lowered the top individual income tax rates since 2011. Any increase would be a step backwards, and Maine cannot afford that!
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POLICY: Maine State Chamber Update on LD 533- Employment at Will

June 11, 2021

Maine’s business
community remains
strongly opposed
to LD 553

 

On Thursday evening, June 10, the Maine House of Representatives took up LD 553An Act to End Employment at Will, for initial debate. After a spirited 45-minute discussion, the House overwhelmingly rejected the proposal (99-35).  The rebuke of the majority report was significant for the amount of bi-partisan support it received.  To see how your local legislators voted, you can find the Roll Call here.

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Acting Up: HCA to Offer Political Theater with Renowned Professor

June 4, 2021

Acting Up: HCA to Offer Political Theater with Renowned Professor 

HCA: A School for Social Change, Entrepreneurship and the Environment

Brunswick, Maine — “Theater should be relevant to the community,” says Lee Rose, who joins Harpswell Coastal Academy (HCA) this fall as the director of its new political theater program. Course offerings will range from acting to stagecraft & design to public speaking, but political theater — or theater as a vehicle for social change — will be the focus. 

 

 

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Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

June 4, 2021

Mid Coast Hospital Providers Train Tufts Medical Students

 

Brunswick, ME – On June 1, two medical students begin a nine-month clinical rotation at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Maine Track students Katherine Brady and James McCullum are gaining valuable hands-on training under the supervision of Mid Coast providers as part of the Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Medical Center Program (TUSM-MMC) Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program.

 

Mid Coast Hospital has participated as a training site for the program, commonly referred to as “the Maine Track,” since 2011. While enrolled in the program

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Free Tobacco Policy Support Available to Local Businesses

May 27, 2021

Free Tobacco Policy Support Available to Local Businesses

BRUNSWICK, ME – As a local State of Maine Tobacco Prevention Partner, Mid Coast Hospital is offering free tobacco policy technical assistance and incentives to local businesses. Any business in Sagadahoc County, Brunswick, or Harpswell looking to create or refresh its tobacco policy can work with Mid Coast Hospital’s Community Health Promotion team to receive free support and signage. Businesses that take part in this effort by June 30 will receive a $50 gift card to an online or local retailer.

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected in Q1 2021 to Nonprofit Organizations

May 27, 2021

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected in Q1 2021 to Nonprofit Organizations

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling more than $10,000 to six Northern New England nonprofit organizations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q1 2021 are: Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Girls Inc., Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, NewStory Center, and Safeline Inc.

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Bath Housing Resumes Annual MOFGA Planting Day, May 29th

May 27, 2021

Bath Housing and the Sagadahoc Chapter of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) are pleased to announce the 23rd annual Bath Housing planting day will take place on Saturday, May 29th.

MOFGA volunteers will work with Bath Housing residents to prep and plant vegetable beds across the city at the Anchorage, Moorings and Seacliff properties, with an eye on making the freshest produce possible accessible to all.

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Mid Coast–Parkview Health Celebrates Nurses Week and Hospital Week

May 7, 2021

Mid Coast–Parkview Health Celebrates Nurses Week and Hospital Week

BRUNSWICK, ME — Each year, Nurses Week (May 6 – 12) and Hospital Week (May 9 – 15) are opportunities to highlight hospitals, health systems, and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members. Attention can be focused on the diverse ways America's 3.8 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals.

This year, Mid Coast–Parkview Health recognizes more than 600 staff nurses for their unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality patient care, and the entire 2,000 person staff for their contributions to the community.

 

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Curtis Memorial Library Browsing Hours Resume May 17; Morning Curbside Remains

April 30, 2021

CURTIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY BROWSING HOURS  

RETURN MONDAY, MAY 17 

Curbside Hours to Continue in the Mornings 

 

BRUNSWICK, ME – With all of the library staff to be vaccinated by mid May, the Curtis Library Board of Directors voted at their April meeting to reinstate indoor browsing hours beginning Monday, May 17.   

 

New hours will be: 

 

Monday through Friday 9:30 am to Noon – Curbside Service Only 

Monday through Friday Noon to 6:00 pm – Indoor Service Only 

Saturday 9:30 am to 1:00 pm – Indoor Service Only 

Sundays – Closed through Labor Day 

 

 

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