April 23, 2013

Letters to the editor: Let young, healthy people earn their rent

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Kareem Alashammari was first in line in Portland on April 10 when housing officials began letting people in to add their names to a regional waiting list for federal housing subsidies. A reader calls for closer vetting of applications for subsidized housing.

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Peter Monro
For the Portland Society for Architecture

Governor's veto unfairly targets county officials

As the Penobscot County register of deeds, I am compelled to submit my comments regarding Gov. LePage's veto of L.D. 49 ("Maine House votes to override LePage veto, but Senate one vote short," April 3).

Maine statutes currently require payment of recording fees at the time the document is submitted for recording in the Registry of Deeds.

The Internal Revenue Service is now paying by direct deposit (Automated Clearing House) to our bank account. With the introduction of electronic filing, the e-file companies submit payment by ACH at the end of the day.

L.D. 49 is a bipartisan housekeeping bill that would have brought the law in compliance with current practice.

There is no fiscal note. It does not cost the taxpayer more money, and it does not change the payment procedure for the state, which has had 10 days to pay for more than 25 years.

I am at a loss to understand the governor's reasoning on vetoing this bill. I offered to explain any parts of registry of deeds procedures that were not familiar. His accusations directed at county government are totally unfounded.

The Maine Registers of Deeds Association is not a political organization. We perform our duties according to Maine law, and when new technology advances, it is our responsibility to make sure that our real estate laws reflect those changes.

My thanks to those legislators who voted to override the veto based on the merits of the legislation rather than the politics of the moment.

The Maine registers of deeds, having been caught up in the net of political bickering, still need a housekeeping bill passed.

Susan F. Bulay
Penobscot County register of deeds
Old Town

Minimum wage discourages inclination to add workers

You almost can't pay good employees enough. Others you can't get rid of fast enough. I see minimum wage as an entry-level wage.

Hiring is the single most risky thing I undertake in my business. Will the employee be entitled or engaged? Will they care if the business succeeds so they can succeed, or not?

Don't forget 11-plus percent workers' compensation, 7 percent Social Security, 6 percent unemployment insurance and Medicare for close to 30 percent payroll tax.

There are no incentives to stretch and hire unless you can't live without a position. There are only disincentives. On top of that, if there are any issues, you will have to deal with a hostile labor board.

That is my perception, that is my reality. Do not think for even one second it will not impact my decision to hire four local young people this summer or stretch and hire a fifth.

Arthur Kelly

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