Maine Unemployment crisis! All of our businesses are drowning and we need help!

Maine Unemployment crisis! All of our businesses are drowning and we need help!

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Ashley Clark started this petition to Janet Mills and

This petition is to stand up for Maine businesses. The state of Maine is still giving out relief money for the pandemic due to COVID-19 as a extra bonus to the unemployment fund. As we have started to open up Maine and go through its phases, more and more of our Maine businesses are opening. However, can not find the workers to power our businesses. Businesses can not compete with the wages from unemployment. Unemployment is paying people more then what our minimum wage is. We can not compete. People are not looking for jobs because they are getting paid to stay home. During the pandemic when everything was shut down, this was understandable. However, most businesses are up and going. We have been forced to reduce hours, and work very short handed in the result of no applicants. Search logs are not being checked on. And people are not being held accountable. In our small hometown alone over 40 businesses are suffering from lack of workers which have taken major tolls on our businesses. We need to put people back to work. Unemployment is made for those who can not find work, not to be used as a full time job. We need to support our state. And get people back to work! 

The relief package was first purposed as an extra unemployment benefit if your job was laid off, lost, or shut down due to the pandemic. People have taken great advantages to this program and are sadly abusing it. This fund is made for those whose job has not opened yet, for COVID related positive cases if you are ill or supporting someone that is ill, children that are out of school due to mandatory quarantine, or if the school was on remote learning. Along with other COVID related issues. 

 

Unemployment is currently being abused by many residents of our state. That have multiple opportunities to get back to their job, or find something closely related for a job they qualify for. And they are not being held accountable. Funds are being wasted and abused. We need to do better and be better. Maine needs to get back on track. 

Workers that are currently working in businesses that are short staffed are also taking a major toll. These employees deserve better. We are taking willing and great workers, and working them to death with us. Because we don't have a choice. We need to be the voices for our businesses and our employees. 

Please take 5 minutes and sign our petition to get the Maine people back to work. This will not only make Maine successful, it will also make Maine more enjoyable. Maine needs revenue. Maine needs to be sprinting forward not falling backwards. Maine needs our support. 

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