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Letter offers recommendations to assist Governor Mills in Maine’s COVID-19 response efforts

Maine Policy Institute sent a letter to Governor Janet Mills today thanking her for her efforts thus far to protect Mainers amid the outbreak of COVID-19 and outlining additional steps her administration can take to enhance the state’s response efforts.

The policy recommendations proposed in the letter would provide additional support and flexibility to businesses and families in order to mitigate the harmful economic effects caused by social distancing during this public health crisis. While much of the governor’s executive actions thus far have focused on protecting public health and safety, additional measures can be taken to get Maine’s economy moving in the right direction while businesses and families cope with ongoing changes to daily life caused by the virus.

Below is a copy of the letter Maine Policy Institute sent to Governor Mills:

“Dear Governor Mills,
In light of the circumstances facing our state and the nation regarding the threat of an outbreak of COVID-19, we know that your office and state lawmakers are working to do all that you can to help the people of Maine through this crisis. 
I would like to thank you, specifically, for enabling extra assistance to Maine’s small businesses in the form of economic disaster loans from the Federal Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as expanding Unemployment Insurance to workers harmed by the impact of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  These steps are undoubtedly necessary due to the unprecedented nature of this crisis.
As you consider additional steps that can be taken in the coming days, I wanted to make a handful of recommendations that we believe will make a significant difference for the people of Maine.  It is our hope that you will make these ideas central to your administration’s efforts to help the state regain its economic footing:

We understand that not all of our recommendations may be implemented by the Executive Branch alone; some may need municipal or legislative approval, but we are urging you to use your voice to support these policy ideas.  We strongly believe these suggestions would mitigate the ensuing damage to Maine’s economy in the wake of action to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Maine Policy Institute stands ready to help our partners in government to maintain the health, safety, and livelihoods of Mainers in this uncertain time.”