Red tape audit slated Tuesday in Lincoln

Posted Jan. 17, 2011, at 10:29 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — Area businesses, residents and government officials are invited to describe the red tape they have to contend with when the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce follows other such organizations around the state and holds a red tape audit Tuesday, officials said Monday.

The meeting will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Youth Impact Center on the campus of the Community Evangel Temple at 124 River Road, said Dale Tudor, Chamber president.

Gov. Paul LePage made the audit initiative part of his election campaign, saying he wanted to eliminate unnecessary or redundant regulations that constrict business and job growth in Maine. He asked chambers and other such organizations statewide to hold such meetings.

“To the extent you can, please have participants cite specific statutes, rules or compliance issues that you think need to be addressed. I need the whole story, so please provide a narrative and some numbers when you can. The cost of compliance, time to completion and other empirical information are needed to make the full case for reform,” LePage said in a statement at maine.gov.

“A comprehensive audit also tells you what works in an organization. To be complete, I would like to hear examples of how Maine is effectively and efficiently enforcing needed regulation. We can learn a great deal by looking closely at what works well,” he added. “Much of our regulatory framework needs to be in place for the health and well-being of Mainers. We need to find a balance between quality of life and good jobs for Mainers.”

Meetings have been held in Aroostook County, Bangor, Boothbay Harbor, Dover-Foxcroft, Newport and Rockport. More are scheduled in Biddeford-Saco, Jay and York.

Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said she hoped she could attend the meeting, though she had been notified of it only on Monday. She hoped the meeting would lead to greater efficiency.

“Any communication is good communication,” Goodwin said. “If you are talking, that’s the first step in getting things done. If there are things that need to be addressed, then this is where the conversation can start.”

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