Governor Janet Mills announced today her support of emergency legislation sponsored by Maine State President Troy Jackson (D- Allagash) to provide temporary relief to workers impacted by the shut down of the federal government and calls on the State Legislature to quickly pass the measure and send it to her desk to sign into law, according to a press release issued by her spokesperson today.
“This shutdown is exactly the type of gridlock and dysfunction that Mane people are tired of and we will not stand idly by as Maine people suffer as a result of it,” said Governor Mills. “I applaud Senator Jackson’s leadership in bringing forward this bill and our financial institutions have been willing to work together to help provide timely relief to federal employees, like members of our Coast Guard and TSA, who continue to work hard every day but are not getting paid. I am calling on the State Legislature to pass Senator Jackson’s bill as soon as possible send it to me to sign into law. I will continue to urge the President and Congress to reach a resolution to this senseless shutdown. Enough is enough!’
Senate President Troy Jackson and the Legislature would allow the state to guarantee interest free loans in an amount of one month’s net pay, up to $5,000. per federal employee in Maine. The Legislation would apply to furloughed federal workers, approximately 1,100 Mainers who have continued to work without pay for the duration of the 5-week shutdown.
More details will be posed as they become available.