Legislature gives initial approval to Jackson ‘Hire American’ bill
AUGUSTA—The Legislature approved a bill from Senate Democratic Leader Troy Jackson, of Allagash, which seeks to incentivize the hiring of Maine residents for Maine jobs, in some initial votes earlier this week. The vote was 20-13 vote in the Senate and 96-49 in the House.
LD 1744, “An Act To Create the Hire American Tax Credit for Businesses That Hire Residents of the United States” establishes a “Hire American” tax credit for businesses in the logging industry that hire American residents.
“If there is work that needs to be done in Maine, Maine people should have the chance to do it. There are a lot of hardworking, qualified individuals in the more rural areas in the state who lose out on jobs because Canadian labor is cheaper due to the exchange rate and government subsidized health care across the border,” said Sen. Jackson. “I am glad the Legislature could come together support a bill that helps Maine residents.”
The bill is an extension of Sen Jackson’s previous efforts on behalf of loggers, truckers and others in the forest product industry who face unfair international competition in the Maine woods. Many of these large land-owning companies already receive a tax break from the state government. Sen. Jackson believes that companies receiving tax breaks ought to hire tax-paying residents who ultimately subsidize these breaks. The tax credit seeks to reward companies for doing right by Maine people.
Sen. Jackson’s bill will now return to the Senate for enactment.