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Chamber Board Urges “No” Vote on Question 1

Posted Friday, October 26, 2018


The Board of Directors of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce voted recently to publicly encourage a “No” vote on referendum Question 1 that will appear on ballots statewide on November 6. Specifically, the ballot question reads as follows:

Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?

While the goal of having people with disabilities and senior citizens remain in their homes as long as possible is admirable, the Chamber board joins a coalition of over three dozen regional and statewide business organizations in the belief that there are many concerning aspects to this specific plan. Question 1 is also opposed by all four candidates for Maine Governor, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, former Governor John Baldacci, and many other leaders on both sides of the aisle in our state.

The Chamber’s Member Advocacy Committee met to review this issue and recommended endorsing a ‘No’ vote to our full board. Our board adopted this position at its October 18 meeting. As with any position taken, this recommendation is solely a reflection of the opinion of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Regardless of your views, we encourage our members and the general public to become educated on this question. Here are some online resources that may help.