Action needed immediately!!!!
Help enact MS Society initiated Maine legislation LD365 to support people with disabilities and seniors living safely at home!!!
LD 365 was introduced by Rep Arthur Verow, Brewer, at the request of the National MS Society. LD365 provides a state income tax credit up to $9,000 for lower and middle income individuals who make accessibility modifications to their home. This bill will be an important contributor to helping people in Maine remain in their homes, even as they struggle with aging or disability. There is strong evidence the savings from reduced falls, hospitalizations and even nursing home placement due to disability would far outweigh the costs of the tax credit. This bill is a wise investment in Maine's housing stock and our aging population.
Step 1—Identify key legislators to target
Review the list below of legislative members who serve on the Maine Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee. If your member is listed please contact them. If not please contact the committee chairs at the least and feel free to contact other members by email. Appropriations is deciding this week whether or not to fund LD365 so your email requesting support is timely and critical. Please email today!!!!!!!
****Emails are the highly preferable, most effective method vs. phone calls and the best way to ensure your voice is heard and the message is received.
Step 2—Draft your Sample message by email
Key points you can cut and paste this, inserting personal information:
My name is xx and I live in (name of town). I have MS/have a famiy member/friend that lives with MS.
I am writing to request that you vote to fund LD365 currently on the Appropriations Table. LD 365 will help people in Maine remain in their homes, even as they struggle with aging or disability at a very modest cost to the state. Every Mainer deserves to age in place safely and some people just need a little more help financially to do so. LD365 will reduce the cost of falls and premature nursing home placement for so many of us.
Thank you so much for supporting me and my family members and please vote to fund LD 365,
Co-chairs are the highest priority if your members who represent you are not listed below
Senator James Hamper of Oxford, Chair
R, Senate District 19
1023 King Street, OXFORD, ME 04270
Representative Margaret Rotundo of Lewiston, Chair
D, House District 59
446 College Street LEWISTON, ME 04240
Full Committee Members
Senator Roger Katz of Kennebec
R, Senate District 15
3 Westview Street AUGUSTA, ME 04330
Senator Linda Valentino of York
D, Senate District 31
P.O. Box 1049 SACO, ME 04072
Representative Aaron Frey of Bangor
D, House District 124
PO Box 74 Bangor, ME 04402
Representative Andrew Gattine of Westbrook
D, House District 34
529 Stroudwater Street Westbrook, ME 04092
Representative Gay Grant of Gardiner
D, House District 83
PO Box 4 South Gardiner, ME 04359
Representative Erik Jorgensen of Portland
D, House District 41
83 Highland Street Portland, ME 04103
Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake
D, House District 151
PO Box 250 EAGLE LAKE, ME 04739
Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland
R, House District 77
P.O Box 100 Oakland, ME 04963
Representative Heather Sirocki of Scarborough
R, House District 28
32 Glendale Circle SCARBOROUGH, ME 04074
Representative Jeffrey Timberlake of Turner
R, House District 75
284 Ricker Hill Road TURNER, ME 04282
Representative Tom Winsor of Norway
R, House District 71
107 Thurston Road NORWAY, ME 04268