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April 23, 2020

Governor Mills Outlines Vision for a Gradual, Safe Reopening of Maine’s Economy

​Governor Janet Mills today outlined her vision for a gradual and safe reopening of Maine’s economy amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, emphasizing four principles that will guide the State’s decision-making process and inviting Maine people to offer their ideas through a new portal launched by the Department of Economic and Community Development. More...

April 20, 2020

SSA, RRB recipients with eligible children need to act by Wednesday to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; IRS asks for help in the ‘Plus $500 Push’

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment. More...

April 16, 2020

Get My Payment site operating

April 15, 2020 - Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information. More...

April 16, 2020

Lodging FAQs from the Maine Office of Tourism

Frequently asked questions about current lodging restrictions. More...

April 11, 2020

Maine Tourism Relief Fund

​The Maine Tourism Relief Fund was created by the Maine Tourism Association to provide relief to small businesses and their employees experiencing great hardship as a result of business closures in the state due to COVID-19.
Through this fund, grants will be made to small businesses based in the state of Maine who work in tourism-related industries for companies with less than 50 people who have been impacted by coronavirus. It also helps their employees who have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of employment. More...

April 6, 2020

Opportunity Knox – A Centralized Site to Support Local Businesses & Organizations

​Opportunity Knox is a local online platform designed to support and sustain Knox County’s small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. More...

April 5, 2020

Maine Department of Labor Announces Alphabetical Call-in Schedule for Unemployment Benefits

​After receiving an unprecedented number of unemployment claims due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) announced a new alphabetical-by-last-name call-in schedule for Maine people filing for unemployment benefits. The new schedule will help reduce phone line congestion as the Department ramps up its capacity to receive and process claims. More...

April 3, 2020

Governor Mills Issues Executive Order Mandating Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Maine

​Governor Janet Mills today issued an Executive Order mandating that travelers arriving in Maine, regardless of their state of residency, self-quarantine for 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. More...

April 3, 2020

SBA's Paycheck Protection Program - April 3, 2020

Starting today, small businesses and sole proprietors can access this program. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. More...

April 3, 2020

Assistance for Small Businesses

​The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. More...