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March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update From The Maine State Chamber Of Commerce

​We know that this is a tough time for you and that you’re in information OVERLOAD. With information coming in so frequently at such a high volume, it has been a challenge to keep up. Before the start of the work week, we want to share the latest information. More...

March 22, 2020

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed

​The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. More...

March 20, 2020

How To Avoid Being Locked Out Of Your Unemployment Account

​One of the most common issues reported is being locked out of a benefit account due to failed password attempts. Currently you have two attempts available to enter your password correctly. If you fail to provide the correct password a third consecutive time, your account will be locked and can only be unlocked by an unemployment representative. We recommend that if you have entered your password incorrectly twice that you use the forgot password or forgot username links provided. More...

March 20, 2020

FAME To Partner With SBA And Maine Lenders To Provide Special Financing For Maine Businesses Affected By COVID-19

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local Maine lenders to offer special, limited-time loans and loan insurance to eligible Maine businesses affected by COVID-19. FAME and participating lenders will make special terms available to Maine-based businesses that have experienced interruption or hardship due to COVID-19. More...

March 19, 2020

What You Need To Know About SBA's Disaster Loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). More...

March 19, 2020

Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding COVID-19

Governor Mills has introduced, and on March 17 the Legislature passed, emergency legislation to support workers and businesses economically impacted by COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This legislation enhances the flexibility of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. These temporary measures will help relieve the financial burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and medically-necessary quarantine by making unemployment benefits available to individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. More...

March 18, 2020

Free breakfast, lunch and snacks for children under 18

​To help our families during the school closure, RSU 13 will provide free breakfast, lunch and snacks to all children under 18. Families do not have to qualify for free or reduced lunch to participate. More...

March 18, 2020

Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19, Protect Health and Safety of Maine People

Governor prohibits dine-in service at bars and restaurants; bans gatherings more than 10 people & signs emergency legislation to respond to COVID-19 More...

March 18, 2020

Governor Mills, Legislature Spearhead Emergency Legislative Package to Respond to COVID-19

​Governor Janet Mills and the State Legislature spearheaded a package of emergency measures to respond to COVID-19 today. One emergency bill grants Governor Mills access to at least $11 million in State funding to respond to COVID-19, while another omnibus emergency bill expands authorities of State and local officials to allow them greater flexibility to respond to the virus and to provide support to Maine workers impacted by the virus. The bills were enacted by the Legislature and Governor Mills will sign them tomorrow. More...

March 17, 2020

Rockland City Manager declares Civil State of Emergency

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Rockland City Manager Thomas Luttrell issued a civil state of emergency proclamation for the entire City of Rockland. The declaration states that "no business shall host or organize and no more than 10 individuals shall be in or remain in any establishment at the same time within the City including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums, dance clubs, music venues, and any other establishment where individuals gather in groups or are in close contact with one another beginning March 17, 2020, as of the time of this writing (immediately). Further, as per Chapter 2, article XXI, this order shall remain in effect for 5 days, unless and until it is renewed by the Rockland City Council. More...