The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented threat to our small businesses. Many of us have had to lay off employees who have been with us for years, are struggling to pay rent, and will likely lose our livelihoods unless our government acts swiftly.
As small business owners, we advocate for policies that promote responsible economic development, environmental stewardship, and investment in community. We are the backbone of Maine’s economy, and we help provide a political voice for Maine’s small business community. We believe that good economic policy works both for small business owners and the customers they serve.
CMP's mismanagement has real impacts on small businesses who need reliable and affordable electricity to run their businesses. Mainers deserve an energy utility that’s transparent and accountable to Maine people — not wealthy investors and shareholders.
In July the House of Representatives—including Rep. Chellie Pingree and Rep. Jared Golden—voted for the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024. However, it still awaits a vote in the Senate and Senators Angus King and Susan Collins have not yet said if they will support it.
Show our senators that small business owners support a living wage for all Americans. Sign on as a public supporter of the Raise the Wage Act today:
The Trump administration just announced they’re rolling back Obama-era rules expanding overtime protections and denying thousands of Mainers the right to be compensated for their work.
The good news is that Maine legislators have a chance to fight back and pass a bill, LD 402, to put Obama’s overtime protections in place for more Maine workers. It’s their chance to stand against Trump and stand up for us.
Sign on to our open letter to lawmakers today and urge them to oppose Trump’s rollback of overtime protections and support LD 402:
Thanks to you and the support of over 200 Maine small business owners, this year Maine became the first state in the nation to enact a paid time off policy. Now hundreds of thousands of workers will not have to decide between going to work sick and losing a crucial day’s pay. Thank you!