Maine LD 1287: An Act To Ensure That Tax Expenditures Create High-quality Jobs

LD 1287 (subjects: TAX INCREMENT FINANCING , EMPLOYMENT TAX INCREMENT FINANCING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1287&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Christopher Johnson of Lincoln: (D – District 13) — e-mail | Facebook

6 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
4/9/2015 Senate Committee on TAXATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator McCormick of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/9/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/17/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 276 20 Yeas – 15 Nays- 0 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
HELD at the Request of Senator HASKELL of Cumberland.
6/17/2015 Senate RELEASED.
6/18/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative GOODE of Bangor the Bill and accompanying papers were INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
Placed in the Legislative Files. (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Ensure That Tax Expenditures Create High-quality Jobs

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 36 MRSA 5216-B, sub- 6 is enacted to read:

6. Employment requirements. An investor who receives a credit under this section shall comply with section 5219-NN.

Sec. 2. 36 MRSA 5219-W, sub- 6 is enacted to read:

6. Employment requirements. A taxpayer who receives a credit under this section shall comply with section 5219-NN.

Sec. 3. 36 MRSA 5219-HH, sub- 7, B and C, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 548, 33 and affected by 35, are amended to read:

B. The qualified community development entity redeems or makes a principal repayment with respect to the qualified equity investment that generated the tax credit prior to the final credit allowance date of the qualified equity investment. In such a case, the recapture must be proportionate to the amount of the redemption or repayment with respect to the qualified equity investment; or
C. The qualified community development entity fails to invest at least 85% of the purchase price of the qualified equity investment in qualified low-income community investments in qualified active low-income community businesses located in the State within 24 months of the issuance of the qualified equity investment and maintain this level of investment in qualified low-income community investments in qualified active low-income community businesses located in the State until the last credit allowance date for the qualified equity investment. For purposes of calculating the amount of qualified low-income community investments held by a qualified community development entity, an investment is considered held by the qualified community development entity even if the investment has been sold or repaid as long as the qualified community development entity reinvests an amount equal to the capital returned to or recovered from the original investment, exclusive of any profits realized, in another qualified active low-income community business in this State within 12 months of the receipt of the capital. A qualified community development entity may not be required to reinvest capital returned from qualified low-income community investments after the 6th anniversary of the issuance of the qualified equity investment, the proceeds of which were used to make the qualified low-income community investment, and the qualified low-income community investment is considered to be held by the issuer through the qualified equity investment’s final credit allowance date . ; or

Sec. 4. 36 MRSA 5219-HH, sub- 7, D is enacted to read:

D. The qualified community development entity fails to comply with section 5219-NN.

Sec. 5. 36 MRSA 5219-NN is enacted to read:

5219-NN. Employment requirements for certain tax credit programs

1. Employment requirements. Beginning January 1, 2016, in order to receive a credit or reimbursement of tax under section 5216-B, section 5219-W, section 5219-HH or chapter 917, a person must certify to the bureau that within 90 days of receiving the credit or reimbursement the person will:

A. If the receipt of the credit or reimbursement is not subject to the requirement that the person provide matching funds, ensure that the combined amount of salaries and benefits for the employment positions created by the credit or reimbursement is at least twice the amount of the credit or reimbursement;
B. Ensure that the wage of an employment position created by a credit or reimbursement is at least 80% of the statewide average for that position as determined by the Department of Labor or 120% of the statewide average as determined by the Department of Labor, whichever is greater;
C. Provide a health care plan to at least 95% of the person’s employees that meets the standards of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, and for each employee costs less than 9.5% of the employee’s family income;
D. Provide:

(1) A written estimate to a newly hired employee detailing the minimum number of scheduled hours and scheduled shifts per month for that employee, including the days and hours of the shifts; and

(2) Two-week notice of a change in schedule of an employee and pays the employee an amount equal to one hour of the employee’s regular wages if notice of a change in schedule is provided with less than one week’s notice and pays the employee an amount equal to 3 hours of the employee’s regular wages if notice of a change in schedule is provided less than 24 hours before the change;

E. Provide an amount equal to one hour of the employee’s regular wages if the employee is scheduled for an “on-call” or “call-in” shift and is not called into work or if the employee is scheduled to work a shift that is interrupted by a nonworking period of more than 30 minutes, other than a meal break;
F. Provide an amount equal to one hour of an employee’s regular wages for every hour of a shift that an employee does not work up to an amount equal to 3 hours of the employee’s regular wages if the employee is required to report to work and is fit to work and does not work at the person’s discretion;
G. Consider in good faith an employee’s request for a schedule change and may not retaliate against an employee for requesting a schedule change;
H. Offer a part-time employee additional hours before hiring a new employee; and
I. Provide to a part-time employee the same privileges including starting pay, benefits and employee rights regarding time off and specific schedules that the person provides a full-time employee.

For purposes of this subsection, a part-time employee is an employee who customarily works less than 30 hours each week and a full-time employee is an employee who customarily works 30 hours or more each week.

2. Reporting. A person who receives a credit or reimbursement of tax under section 5216-B, section 5219-W, section 5219-HH or chapter 917 annually shall report employment data to the bureau that the bureau determines necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
3. Enforcement. If the bureau determines that a person who receives a credit or reimbursement of tax under section 5216-B, section 5219-W, section 5219-HH or chapter 917 is not in compliance with subsection 1, the bureau shall require the person to remit to the bureau a pro rata amount up to the full amount of the credit or reimbursement based upon the level of compliance by the person as determined by the bureau.
4. Alternate means of compliance. Notwithstanding subsection 1, 2 or 3, a qualified community development entity under section 5219-HH may comply with the provisions of this section by entering into a community benefits agreement with the lender and borrower that provides tangible benefits to the workers in the affected community. A community benefits agreement under this subsection must set out specific measurable goals related to borrower operations and broader community improvements and include measurable goals, reporting requirements, penalty provisions and at least one of the following:

A. High-quality job creation;
B. Environmentally sustainable construction standards;
C. Educational scholarships for workforce development and training needs; or
D. Nonprofit, educational or governmental community supportive tenants.

The Finance Authority of Maine may adopt routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to carry out the provisions of this subsection.

5. Rules. The bureau shall adopt routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A to carry out the provisions of this chapter and to create a formula to determine the level of compliance of a person under subsection 3.

Sec. 6. 36 MRSA 6754, sub- 2, G is enacted to read:

G. A qualified business that receives reimbursement under this chapter shall comply with section 5219-NN.

summary

This bill sets minimum standards in the level of wages and benefits and health care provided to employees and in scheduling employee shifts and hours for employers who receive certain tax credits or reimbursement of State tax. The bill requires the employers to report their employment data to Maine Revenue Services and for Maine Revenue Services to require the employers who are not in full compliance with the minimum standards to remit back to the State a pro rata amount of the tax credit or reimbursement received based upon their level of compliance with the wage, benefits, health care and scheduling requirements.

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