Business leaders lobby legislators at the State House

5:07 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Leaders of Maine businesses headed to Augusta Wednesday, to tell Legislators their votes can affect business's bottom line.

The annual "Business Day" was organized by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, as a way to help individual business people lobby their legislators face-to-face. Business owners and managers say decisions that are made in the State House on issues like taxes and energy costs can affect their ability to compete with other states and other countries.

Several managers said business wants predictable taxes and regulations, so companies can plan their budgets.

Leaders of both parties in the Legislature told the group they want to help business. Democratic leaders singled out the Legislature's plan to improve job skills and workforce competitiveness, which is in the process of being passed by the House and Senate.

Both lawmakers and members of the LePage Administration  pointed to a new proposal for a major energy plan. That package is aimed at encouraging more natural gas pipelines for Maine, reducing natural gas and electricity costs and creating ways for more people to afford efficient heating systems. That plan is expected to emerge from the Legislature's Energy Committee in a few days, and then be sent to the House and Senate for votes.


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