AUGUSTA – A bill aimed at making the state hire Maine companies may fall victim to partisan bickering.
The bill, according to State Senator Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, was introduced to protect Maine jobs. But members of the state and local government committee split down party lines on the proposal. The bill requires companies involved with state construction projects to use American made products. It also requires Maine companies to be given preference in the bidding process.
Senator Jackson said “Republicans are walking away from Maine manufacturing, Maine workers. It’s just unfortunate because it seems to me if taxpayers are going to get an opportunity to get contracts it should start right here in Maine with our own tax dollars.”
Jackson stated he was surprised at the lack of republican support for the legislation as it’s in line with President Trump’s buy American stance.
The senate could vote on the bill as early as next week.