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February Legislative Update

Feb
20

The Legislature is in full swing and GrowSmart Maine continues to engage in key proposals important for vibrant communities, healthy environment and a strong economy.  Much of the legislation we are tracking has yet to receive a public hearing, so at this time we can provide an update on bills discussed in our January update.

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Auburn, Lewiston Join Portland with Top Complete Streets Policies in Nation

Feb
18

Auburn, Lewiston recognized as national leader in creating streets that work for everyone

GrowSmart Maine congratulates the Cities of Auburn and Lewiston for passing two of the best Complete Streets policies of 2013

Portland, Maine – The Cities of Auburn and Lewiston have both been recognized as national leaders in making streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart Growth America.

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Advocacy Update Jan 2014

Jan
23

Nancy speaks at the EPC press conference

GrowSmart Maine has been active in Augusta since before the Maine Legislature returned for the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature.   
In reviewing the 125-150 bills being presented this year, GrowSmart Maine narrowed our focus to the dozen or so issues most closely aligned with our mission and most likely to be impacted by our engagement.  
Here is a quick update on our work so far!

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GrowSmart Maine Announces New Board Members,Vice Chair

Jan
23

GrowSmart Maine will welcome five new Board Members and a new Vice Chair at their 1st Board Meeting of 2014 January 29th at USM.  David Webster, President of Portland's PDT Architects, who joined the GrowSmart Maine Board of Directors in 2013, was elected as Vice Chair.  New Board Members also elected at GrowSmart Maine's Annual Meeting in November at Lewiston's Atrium at Bates Mill are Carl Eppich of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, Jennifer Burns Gray of Maine Audubon, Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte of the Androscoggin Land Trust, Doug Sanford of Eastland Development, and Ed Su

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What is smart growth?

Jan
23

How is GrowSmart Maine connected?

Growth is “smart” when it results in strong communities with more choices in where to live, work and play for all community members, provides a good return on public investments and supports a thriving natural environment.  All this creates a legacy we can proudly pass on to our children and grandchildren.
GrowSmart Maine is a statewide non-profit working to create vibrant communities with a robust economy and a healthy environment for generations to come through advocacy, education, projects and strategic partnerships.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in favor of LR 2721, “An Act Related to the Report of the Tax Expenditure Review Task Force”

Jan
22

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LR 2721,
“An Act Related to the Report of the Tax Expenditure Review Task Force”
January 22, 2014

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in favor of LD 1664, “An Act to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits”

Jan
22

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LD 1664,
“An Act to Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofits”
January 22, 2014

Senator Haskell, Representative Goode and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation.  My name is Nancy Smith.  I live in Monmouth and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit organization working at the intersection of Maine’s economy, environment and communities.

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GrowSmart Maine Testifies in favor of LD 1661, “An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit”

Jan
22

Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LD 1661,
“An Act to Clarify Provisions of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit”
January 22, 2014

Senator Haskell, Representative Goode and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation.  My name is Nancy Smith.  I live in Monmouth and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine, a statewide non-profit organization working at the intersection of Maine’s economy, environment and communities.

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STAKEHOLDER REPORT ON LD 1528, RESOLVE, TO PROVIDE FOR LIVEABLE, AFFORDABLE NEIGHBORHOODS TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Jan
15

January 15, 2014

STAKEHOLDER REPORT ON
LD 1528, RESOLVE, TO PROVIDE FOR LIVEABLE, AFFORDABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
TO THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

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Tax Expenditure Task Force Recommends a $5M annual cap Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Dec
06

Your Voice will Make the Difference!

WHAT’S GOING ON:
Tax Expenditure Task Force Chairs Senator Anne Haskell and Representative Adam Goode will present an update on the work of the Tax Expenditure Task Force to the Legislative Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) on Dec 12th.  The task force was organized and charged with identifying $40MM in reductions in tax expenditures (credits, exemptions and deductions).  For any amount not identified, general revenue sharing to municipalities will be reduced.

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