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Improving Maine's business climate is top priority for legislature

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December 10, 2010

AUGUSTA, Maine: During the election, murmurings of discontent over Maine's business climate abounded. As the murmurings grew to a dull roar, incoming officials sat up and listened. Governor Paul LePage has taken particular notice, and plans are already underway to begin fixing the situation.

Per LePage's request, "red tape workshops," sessions for citizens to develop reform suggestions, have begun to pop up around the state, and should continue throughout the month of December. These workshops are all part of LePage's "Red Tape Audit," an effort to identify regulations, statutes or compliance issues that need to be reformed to achieve a better balance between quality of life and the need for good jobs for Mainers.[1]

Also in the works is a new committee. The bi-partisan Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform will gather feedback from the business community, which will in turn help shape the new legislative initiatives on the horizon. The members have not yet been announced.[2]

Senate President Kevin Raye said the committee likely will focus on revamping and removing “egregious” regulations that make it more difficult for businesses to succeed.[2]

Raye is also the head sponsor of a new bill, An Act to Ensure Regulatory Fairness and Reform, which demonstrates the new legislature's urgency to breathe new life into Maine's business climate.[2]

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