01/11/2017 - Governor’s Proposed Budget: Municipal Impact
Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations staff this week released a nine-page memo outlining the impact of Gov. LePage’s proposed 2018-2019 state budget. It proposes significant changes to the municipal General Assistance program, K-12 public education and municipal revenue sharing – all of which would affect property taxpayers. Senior Legislative Advocate Kate Dufour wrote the MMA analysis. Read More..
01/06/2017 - Municipal Design and Resiliency Teams
The New England Municipal Sustainability Network and the Maine Association of Planners are promoting opportunities for towns and cities to receive pro bono assistance to help communities develop strategic visions, usually by focusing on a specific issue or location. The deadline to apply for this free assistance is March 6. Read More..
12/29/2016 - MMA Announces 2017 Training Calendar
Maine Municipal Association will present, host and staff 97 training events and workshops throughout the state in 2017, starting with an Elected Officials Workshop in Augusta (available via video in Caribou) on Jan. 24 and ending with “Winter Issues” training for General Assistance employees next December. The complete training calendar, which includes timely new offerings on Legal Marijuana, Regulating Drones, Running Effective Meetings and Cyber Security, is now available at the MMA website. Read More..
12/08/2016 - Spirit of America Awards
Your municipal governing body is invited to pick a local person, project or group to receive the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation tribute for outstanding community service. Your recipient can be recognized at your annual town meeting or during National Volunteer Month, in April. There is no fee involved. Each year, more than 100 Maine municipalities select a Spirit of America Award winner. Read More..
11/30/2016 - Legal Marijuana & Municipalities
Maine Municipal Association’s Legal Services Department is advising members on how to respond to the Nov. 8 vote to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Maine. The vote, which is being recounted, has far-ranging consequences for municipalities. Towns and cities, in turn, have a fair degree of authority to regulate various commercial aspects of marijuana in their communities. MMA is offering a legal analysis of the current situation and model ordinances to enact a moratorium and to enact a prohibition on retail marijuana establishments and social clubs. Read More..
11/28/2016 - MMA Public Service Campaign: Your Vote Counts
Maine Municipal Association today launched a Public Service campaign thanking town and city election workers, and polling volunteers across the state, for their service during the recent election. The campaign – “Your Vote Counts”
– also assures voters that the Maine election process is open, fair and professionally run. MMA will employ a two-pronged, social media and electronic media strategy in disseminating its video messages.
11/28/2016 - Beaches Conference Seeks Presenters
The event itself is a ways off, but organizers for the 2017 Beaches Conference are asking people interesting in making presentations to contact them now. The conference will be held July 14, 2017 in Wells. People interested in protecting Maine and New Hampshire beaches will attend. Read More..
11/23/2016 - New Overtime Rules Will Not Take Effect on Dec. 1
A federal judge in Texas has issued an injunction against the implementation of the regulation that would have changed the salary threshold for exempt status under the FLSA. As employers who have spent months preparing for it know, the change was scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
Employers do not have to make changes in the salary, overtime treatment or exempt/hourly status of any employee at this point, based on the salary regulation that had been slated for Dec. 1. The salary threshold stays at $23,660 annually or $455 per week.
11/14/2016 - Adult Degree Completion Scholarships
Priority consideration for the University of Maine System’s Adult Degree Scholarships ends on Dec. 1. The scholarships are designed to encourage people who earned some college credits, but never graduated, to re-invigorate their college training and finish their degrees. There are an estimated 200,000 “stranded adult learners” in Maine. Read More..
11/01/2016 - Cyber Security for Municipalities
The Maine Emergency Management Association and Thomas College are joining forces to hold a special training event about Cyber Security for Municipalities on Nov. 28, at Thomas’ Waterville campus. The 90-minute workshop is free, starting at 1:30 p.m. MEMA says this will be part of an ongoing training series about cyber security.