Mainers are resilient. Along with the rest of the country, however, too many Mainers continue to struggle in this tough economy. Senator Collins believes that putting people back to work is the key to improving our economic recovery and should remain our number one goal. With this goal in mind, Senator Collins has offered or supported legislation aimed at providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and investing in a 21st century workforce.

Collins, King Announce Federal Investments to Support Maine Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that several Maine tribes will receive various grant awards totaling $341,422 to support activities including economic development and treatment and prevention services for methamphetamine abuse and suicide. The grants come from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Cantwell, Collins, Gillibrand, Kaine Reintroduce Apprenticeship Bill to Train the Next Generation of American Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) announced an updated Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 to help the next generation of American workers develop the skills they need to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs. The legislation also aids the United States’ ongoing economic recovery by ensuring we retain our competitiveness and the most innovative workforce in the world.  

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Senators Collins, King Announce Funding For Maine Center For Business And Economic Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Angus King announced today that the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine (USM) has been awarded $100,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This investment funds the fifth year of a five-year Economic Development Program at USM that provides technical assistance and research and development tools to spur innovation and economic growth.
 

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Career Reinventions And The New Retirement Workscape

In the iconic 1985 film "Back to the Future," Marty and Doc ride a time machine built from a Delorean car thirty years back in time. They end up in 1955 – the middle of the Baby Boom – where they save the past, and then blast off again to an impossibly distant future – the year 2015.

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Senator Collins Hails Bipartisan Passage Of TAA

WASHINGTON, DC— This afternoon, the Senate passed a bipartisan reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which was based upon legislation that Senator Collins co-authored with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). A strong and consistent advocate for TAA, Senator Collins voted in favor of this legislation which would reauthorize critical job training and worker assistance programs to Americans who have been adversely affected by foreign competition. This bill must now be considered and passed by the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the President.

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Building A Strong Workforce

If you could get a return of $27 for every one dollar that you invested in a company, you would jump at the chance. According to United States Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, that is exactly the return we get for every federal dollar that is spent on apprenticeship training programs. As the Secretary points out, apprenticeships are a tried and true approach for passing the practical training needed to succeed in a job on to the next generation.

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Senators Collins And King Congratulate Loyal Biscuit Co., 2015 Winner Of The State Small Business Award

Washington, DC: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated the Loyal Biscuit Co., a small business in Maine, on their selection as the State Small Business Award Winner of 2015. This award, a part of U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 52nd National Small Business Week (May 4-8), highlights the impact and accomplishments of American small businesses.

 

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Helping Small Businesses Brew Jobs And Economic Growth

As I travel throughout Maine, I am consistently impressed by the energy, imagination, and commitment of our small business community. From technology to the arts, Maine entrepreneurs are strengthening our economy and creating good jobs for the people of our State.

 

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“40 Hours Is Full Time”

Effective health care reform should provide Americans with access to quality and affordable care while also encouraging economic growth. Unfortunately, flaws in the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” are discouraging employers from hiring and are resulting in part-time workers having their hours reduced and thus their paychecks cut.

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“Connecting Workers With Available Jobs”

Few issues are as important to people here in Maine as the availability of good jobs in our communities. Unemployment in our state, and across the country, remains too high. We must continue working together to identify ways to improve job training initiatives to help people find jobs in fields where jobs exist.
 

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