Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Create and Administer a Fund To Provide Seasonal and Tourism Industry Recovery Grants
|Sponsor:||Senator Joe Rafferty, Senate 34 - York County|
|Bill #:||LD 1493|
Senator Rafferty of York would direct the Department of Economic and Community Development to create and administer a fund to provide grants to seasonal and tourism businesses to compensate for the loss of revenue and profits due to state-ordered closures or restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be funded by any federal funds received by the State in 2021 eligible to be used for that purpose. The program is based on the Maine Tourism, Hospitality and Retail Recovery Grant Program operated by the department to disburse past federal stimulus and recovery funds to counter the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.