WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maine lawmakers are working to secure more temporary work visas in an effort to fix the state’s seasonal worker shortage.
The federal budget expires on Thursday, and so far no new budget has been agreed upon.
According to a statement from Independent Senator Angus King’s office, that leaves seasonal businesses in Maine that rely on H-2B visa workers in limbo.
Republican Senator Susan Collins joined King and others from across the country in writing letters urging government leadership to make sure H-2B visas are part of the budget.
A spokesperson for Senator King’s office says thousands of H-2B workers make up the state’s seasonal workforce each year.