Release: Maine Policy Institute’s recommendations for reopening Maine’s economy



April 27, 2020
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Maine Policy Institute releases recommendations for
reopening Maine’s economy

 PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Policy Institute today sent recommendations to Governor Janet Mills via the Department of Economic and Community Development’s “Comments and Suggestions” form outlining steps her administration can take to safely reopen the state economy and stabilize the state budget. 

The recommendations include allowing the Stay Healthy at Home order to expire on April 30 and the State of Emergency to expire on May 15, and giving flexibility to Maine businesses to meet health and safety guidelines to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 while keeping their doors open. 

“I believe strongly that we can balance the need to protect public health while also ensuring that Maine’s economy is not destroyed in the process,” said Matthew Gagnon, chief executive officer. “These recommendations will go a long way toward reopening Maine safely and ensuring that the state can effectively rebound from this crisis.”

Maine Policy Institute calls on state government to prepare for spending cuts and advises against increasing taxes to cover the impending budget shortfall. 

Click here to read Maine Policy Institute’s full recommendations for reopening Maine’s economy. 


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