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Red Tape Review Tour Welcomes Nonprofit Input

by Brenda Peluso

Governor Elect LePage has launched a task force to look at ways to reduce burdensome rules & regulations that hamper businesses and increase their costs of doing business.  As part of this effort, Governor Elect LePage has asked the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to work with local chambers across the State in an effort to organize a series of “Red Tape Audit Removal” meetings around the State.

Nonprofits are businesses too and experience increased costs due to often redundant and conflicting requirements. If you contract with the state and have ideas for streamlining the process, the Maine Association of Nonprofits strongly encourages nonprofit participation in these forums. These meetings provide businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with a perfect opportunity to share their ideas for regulatory reform with a member of Governor Elect’s transition team and local legislators.

Below is a list of “Red Tape Audit Removal” meetings that have been scheduled around the State.  Be sure to confirm the date, time and place with the sponsoring organization.

  • December 21, 2010, 6 to 8 PM

    Brunswick Town Council Chamber

  • January 4, 2011, 10 AM to Noon

    Portland Regional Chamber

  • January 8, 2011, 9:00 -11:00 a.m.

    Sebasticook Valley Chamber, Newport Cultural Center

  • January 11, 2011

    Tentative – Aroostook County Chambers, Place/Time TBA

  • January 12, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

    Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Place TBA

  • January 13, 2011, 7:30 a.m.

    Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce, Place TBA

  • January 14, 2011, 8:00 a.m. 

    Sanford Chamber of Commerce, Sanford City Hall

  • January 18, 2011, 7:30 a.m.

    Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, ACC Conference Room

  • January 19, 2011, 8:30 a.m.

    Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce/Ramada in Saco

  • January 20, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

    Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Opera House

  • January 21, 2011, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

    York Chamber of Commerce, Cape Neddick Inn Restaurant, R1, York

  • February 4, 2011, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. 

    Jay, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce, LaFleur’s Restaurant, Jay

2 thoughts on “Red Tape Review Tour Welcomes Nonprofit Input

Steve Schuit says:

Our new Governor obviously is not serious about leading by example, demonstrating accountability, or making the tough decision, at least not when it affects him personally. According to recent media reports, the Governor’s twenty two year old daughter was “hired” for a position on one of his direct report’s staffs. Most organizations as large as the state have clear and strict policies regarding nepotism. If the Governor believed in nepotism, he should have shared that philosophy with the electorate when he was campaigning. Instead, we have a 22 year old being paid $41,000 by the State’s taxpayers. Let’s see, how does that compare with the $27,000 the average 27 year old makes in this country-IF THEY CAN FIND A JOB. Steve Schuit

NancyEH says:

The headline to this article is misleading. I have seen nothing about the LePage team asking non-profits (or anyone besides regular CofC types) to attend the Red Tape Review Tour meetings.

The point of this article appears to be to – wisely – encourage your members to attend under the guise of being businesses, too. Not quite the same thing as the RTRT “welcoming” them, though.

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