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May 6, 2021

Maine Department of Labor Tightens Work Search Requirement

May 6, 2021 - The Maine Department of Labor announced today that it is tightening work search requirements for people on unemployment, reinstating the traditional work search requirements as of Sunday, May 23, 2021. Maine had temporarily expanded the types of activities that would meet the work search requirement, adjusting to sudden closings, health concerns, school, childcare and other issues brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. More...

April 22, 2021

Restaurant Revitalization Fund: A new SBA Relief Option

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. More...

April 8, 2021

Mills Administration Updates COVID-19 Prevention Checklists

April 5, 2021 - The Mills Administration today posted updates to the following COVID-19 Prevention Checklists: Large Gatherings / Ticketed Events ; Organized Racing Events; Town Meetings; and Transportation. The update also establish a Private Events COVID-19 Checklist.

The updates maintain critical public health and safety guidelines, consolidates and streamlines language in previous checklists, and reflects the latest science to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The updates are part of the Moving Maine Forward Plan, a multi-month plan that aims to provide clarity and predictability for Maine people and businesses in advance of the summer months. More...

March 12, 2021

Supplemental State Budget Bill Finally Passes House and Senate with Full PPP Conformity

In votes of 139-1 in the Maine House of Representatives, and by unanimous vote in the Maine State Senate, lawmakers agreed to full conformity at $100 million on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans taken as a result of the pandemic by tens of thousands of Maine businesses from around the state. More...

March 5, 2021

Governor Unveils Significant Changes to Support Maine’s Economy, Protect Public Health During Upcoming Tourism Season

Governor Janet Mills today unveiled the Moving Maine Forward plan, which includes significant changes to quarantine restrictions, simplifying and standardizing indoor and outdoor gathering limits, and maintaining critical public health protocols. More...

March 2, 2021

Camden, Rockland Hannaford Locations Among Those To Offer Covid-19 Vaccinations

Hannaford Supermarkets will begin COVID-19 vaccination efforts at 35 pharmacies across Maine later this week, including their Camden and Rockland locations. “Our stores and pharmacies, located throughout Maine and staffed by experienced health care professionals, are committed to serving as community partners in vaccinating the public,” said Wendy Boynton, RPh, Director of Pharmacy Services at Hannaford. “By working together to immunize the public, we can help keep Mainers from contracting this virus.” More...

February 26, 2021

Maine Adopts Age-Based Approach to Expanding Vaccine Eligibility

Governor Janet Mills announced today that Maine will adopt an age-based approach to expanding vaccine eligibility. As a result, beginning next Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Maine will expand eligibility for the vaccine to those 60 years and older. More...

February 18, 2021

U.S. Chamber launches COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center

Recently the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a comprehensive new digital resource center to ensure the business community has the information, tools, and templates it needs to navigate this critical phase of the pandemic response and get back to business.
The COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center includes FAQs, state-specific guidance and information, employer vaccine communication and strategy guidance, reliable safety and efficacy information, and more. More...

February 9, 2021

Governor Proposes Compromise PPP Tax Solution

​The Mills Administration today offered a solution to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) tax conformity issue that would extend full state tax relief to more than 99 percent of Maine businesses that received PPP. The proposal would match the Federal government’s double benefit on the first $1 million of PPP received, an approach that would result in full tax relief for Maine’s small businesses who need it most and partial relief to those Maine businesses that received more than $1 million in PPP. More...

January 29, 2021

Governor Mills: “Let’s solve the PPP issue”

​Governor Janet Mills announced Wednesday that she has asked her departments to explore whether Federal funding may exist to help Maine provide the same beneficial tax treatment to PPP funds that the Federal government has. More...