Senator Chipman introduces bill to support Central Labor Councils

Posted: February 25, 2021 | Senator Chipman

AUGUSTA — Senator Ben Chipman, D-Portland, on Tuesday introduced a bill to extend a property tax exemption to Central Labor Councils. LD 198, “An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws by Providing a Property Tax Exemption for Central Labor Councils,” was the subject of a public hearing before the Legislature’s Committee on Taxation.

Sen. Ben Chipman

“Central Labor Councils are important civic-minded institutions in their communities,” said Chipman. “As it stands now, Chambers of Commerce, fraternal organizations and boards of trade receive a property tax exemption. Central Labor Councils, however, do not. I believe that if organizations advocating for the business community can benefit from a property tax exemption, then a labor council formed by workers deserves to benefit as well.”

This bill proposes to amend Maine’s tax laws by extending tax exempt statute to the real estate and personal property owned and occupied by central labor councils.

“Central Labor Councils play an important role in improving the lives of working families,” said Adam Goode, Legislative and Political Director of the Maine AFL-CIO. “In Maine, there are four such councils. One of them, the Eastern Maine Labor Council (EMLC), has a physical structure and currently pays property tax. We think it is only fair that the organization that helps laid off workers, provides food for families in need and serves working people have access to the same treatment in taxes that the business community has.”

LD 198 faces further action before the committee.