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|Heating fuels tax bill dead for this year
LD 1231 the tax on heating oil, propane, kerosene to fund weatherization projects at Efficiency Maine has been voted to be carried over until next year.
There was no appetite on the committee to vote on the bill.
Great work by MEMA members contacting the committee.
The massive response opposing the carbon tax was an important factor in defeating this bill this year. Next year we will have to resurrect the passion.
Tobacco Flavor Ban – LD 1190, Work Session – Thursday 4/11 1:00pm
Nicotine Vape Ban – LD 551, Work Session – Thursday 4/11 1:00pm
Tobacco Tax increase – LD 1028, Public Hearing, Thursday 4/11 – 1:00pm
The flavor ban work session is this Thursday. Another round of contacting the HHS committee members is highly recommended. The Act to Ban Nicotine Liquid Containers LD 551 is also up for work session that day also.
The $1.50 / pack increase and 81% tax over wholesale on all other tobacco is also Thursday.
LD 1028. Taxation Committee
"An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use with Adequate Funding and by Raising the Tax on Tobacco Products"
Sponsored by Representative Joyce McCreight
This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 to $3.50 per pack of 20 cigarettes and increases the tax on all other tobacco products including electronic cigarettes to 81% of the wholesale sales price, beginning November 1, 2019.
Why this is important:
Cross Boarder Sales will increase severely.
The cigarette tax differential according to “The Tax Burden on Tobacco” (February 2019 Orzechowski and Walker) is:
Government’s take (taxes and fees) on tobacco in Maine is 60% of the price.
- $93.64 carton in Maine (with LD 1028 new tax)
$66.11 per carton in New Hampshire (today)
Difference = $27.53/carton - less to buy in NH.
- State Excise Tax (SET) rate today in Maine is $2.00; the proposal is $3.50
- SET for NH is $1.78.
- Maine applies a sales tax, and trade margins are added to total price.
- According to the study, the price in Maine jumps to $9.36 per pack; while NH today is at $6.61.
Total product costs is only 40% of the price.
Other bills and current laws harming the viability of Maine’s Convenience stores
- Motor Fuel Tax increase proposals – 7 cents on top of an already 6.7cent differential in NH
- Minimum wage - $11 in Maine; $7.25 in NH
- Family medical leave; Paid time off; workers comp rollbacks; menu labeling; polystyrene ban;
- Possible alcohol tax increases
- No sales tax in NH
Portland Press Herald
Two companies will get $1.5 million in public funding to develop new technologies for the state’s forest products industry.
Go Lab Inc., based in Belfast, plans to produce wood fiber insulation at the former UPM paper mill in Madison, and Biofine Developments Northeast wants to convert wood biomass into a heating oil substitute in Bucksport. Paper mills in both towns closed in the last five years.
Spring is here and so are a bunch of our membership. The parking lot doesn’t get much fuller than this!
Join the Blue Cow Software team for a day of training on their Ignite® fuel company management program. It's a great way to learn how to use new features, get helpful tips, or refresh your knowledge. Three sessions will cover topics related to:
This training program is only $30 per session. Brought to you by Blue Cow Software and your Maine Energy Marketers Association. See you there! Click here to register.
- Enhancing Customer Service
- Fuel Delivery Management
- Service Management
Rooms are getting full! Reserve your room and register NOW for the Northern New England Energy Conference. Please note, we still have Vendor and Sponsorship opportunities available. Get in touch or visit the website for details.
Propane Summit is now open for registration! But it won’t be forever. Be sure to register now! We still have openings for vendors and sponsors. If you’re interested, let us know!
This year we will once again have a full day of engaging education, exciting demonstrations, and more!
Specific education and speakers can be seen here.
- Creating A Great Workforce
- Is Your Business Compliant
- Propane Safety Documentation
- Fuel Board Code Updates
- Rules and Regulations of Tank Setting (For Drivers)
- Technician Trainings
- Vendor Fair/Inside and Outside!
- And Much Much More!
Propane Gas Association of New England
We need your help!
Earlier this year, in an effort to ease the significant commercial driver shortage across America, the DRIVE-Safe Act (H.R. 1374 and S. 569) was introduced. The DRIVE-Safe Act would require the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to create an apprenticeship program for commercial drivers and allow those between the age of 18-21 with a commercial driving license to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, during and upon completion of a two-step apprenticeship program.
Warm Thoughts Communications
When a homeowner is looking to purchase a new water heater or someone new to town is seeking a fuel provider — they’re increasingly turning to the Internet for help, and even more specifically, Google. And with so many competitors out there, you want to be the business that gets the call. So how can you differentiate yourself from other local propane, heating oil and HVAC-related companies in the area?
Women in Energy
"Customer Service: It's More than Just Hello" being presented by Ed Cardell, Warm Thoughts Communications, will be our last webinar of the season. A little about the program: How well are we connecting with our customers? Do we work on every layer of communication with them? Do we recognize that our universe is rapidly changing and that 50% of our clients don’t even want to talk to us? Are we effectively communicating our value proposition? Most importantly – are we using phone and email skills that work?
Speaking of webinars — please help us by participating in our survey. We want to prepare for our fall 2019 season!
E-commerce has revolutionized how companies attract, engage and retain customers.
The fuel industry is no exception! Propane dealers today use sophisticated e-commerce to attract new online customers by the hundreds or thousands, successfully growing their gallons, and running their businesses more efficiently. See the 2-min video.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is rolling out a “more flexible” hours of service rule, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told truckers gathered here for the Mid-America Trucking Show.
“I’m pleased to announce today that the department is moving forward with the next step: a Notice of Proposed Rule Making,” Chao said, adding that NPRM had just been sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. oil prices increased to more than $60 per barrel during the last week in March, capping off the biggest climb in prices since 2009. Prices jumped 32 percent from the first of January through the end of March. Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital, said, “You now have Russia playing ball with OPEC, and their agreement to wait until June to have another meeting rather than April shows they mean business.”
Convenience Store News
With more than half of traveling families expected to hit the road this summer, convenience store retailers are preparing for the ramp up of customer trips. Getting them through the door will take more than having low fuel prices and clean bathrooms.
Convenience Store News
Key food trends today will shape the menus on college campus dining operations in the coming years as younger consumers approach food with a certain criteria.
According to Y-Pulse, five food trends — ranging from ethical dining to multicultural menus — are popular among young consumers.
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