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MANP + the 126th Maine Legislature

by Brenda Peluso

MANP works to assure an environment that allows and supports Maine nonprofits to thrive and effectively serve their communities. Our membership is broad so we focus on issues common to all nonprofits:

  • Nonprofit Advocacy Rights:  Advocacy is an important role of the nonprofit sector and as such the right and capacity to advocate for mission needs to be preserved and promoted.
  • Accountability:  Nonprofits serve the community and as a result should function with integrity and efficiency and should address violations within the sector.
  • Tax Policy:  Taxes and tax policy are important to nonprofits because taxes finance government programs and services, many of which are delivered by nonprofits or received directly by those served by nonprofits. Tax policy can also serve as an incentive for giving to charitable organizations.
  • The Essential Role of Government and Its Partnership with the Nonprofit Sector:  It is the role and duty of government to provide for and promote the safety, prosperity and general welfare of its citizens. The nonprofit community is dedicated to the same goals of public service and should be a leader in advocating for policies that recognize and support the fulfillment of this primary mission of government.
  • Charitable Giving and Volunteerism: Public policy should recognize and support the important roles of volunteer service and private philanthropy in improving the lives of citizens and the quality of life in Maine.

This year, MANP has identified fourteen Legislative Requests, besides the various budget bills, that may fit the above criteria. Of these fourteen requests, so far five have been turned into actual bills, assigned LD numbers and committees of jurisdiction. These bills include challenges to nonprofit property tax exemption, and changes to public disclosure requirements. You can download the full list we are currently tracking here.

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