Senator Chipman earns a perfect score from Maine AFL-CIO for voting record supporting working families
AUGUSTA — Senator Ben Chipman, D-Portland, received a perfect score from the Maine AFL-CIO’s 2021 Legislative Scorecard for his voting record to promote fair wages, safe work environments and support working families. Senator Chipman was one of 18 senators to earn a perfect score. The Maine AFL-CIO scored twelve initiatives considered by the 130th Maine Legislature.
“I was so glad to sponsor legislation that addressed parity for working people,” said Senator Chipman. “Central Labor Councils are important civic-minded institutions in our communities that provide services to Maine families. With income inequality expanding and the affordable housing crisis growing, standing up for working people is something I fundamentally believe in.”
Senator Chipman serves as the chair of the Taxation Committee where he was proud to champion LD 198, “An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws by Providing a Property Tax Exemption for Central Labor Councils.” In his capacity as chair, he also backed the expansion of the earned income tax credit for over 100,000 households of hard-working Mainers. LD 198 was named as one of the AFL-CIO’s priority bills because labor councils are central to improving the lives of working families and LD 198 levels the playing field as other organizations like chambers of commerce, boards of trade, and other community institutions do not pay a property tax. Senator Chipman also supported legislation to advance the state’s unemployment system and supported a bill to improve binding arbitration which would incentivize employers and workers to keep their end of the bargain.
Founded in 1956, the Maine AFL-CIO is a state federation of more than 160 local labor unions, representing more than 40,000 Maine workers and retirees. The organization works to improve the lives and labor conditions of not just its members but working people all across the state. The 2021 Maine AFL-CIO Legislative Scorecard and scorecards from previous legislative sessions are available at scorecard.maineaflcio.org.