AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate passed legislation Thursday to establish the Buy American, Build Maine Act.
Senate President Troy Jackson proposed the legislation that would give preference to Maine-based businesses, workers, and American manufacturing when the state awards contracts.
“Maine small businesses and the hardworking people who keep them running are what Buy American, Build Maine is about. Lifting up these workers, businesses, and quality-manufactured products in our own backyard,” Jackson said after the Senate passed the act.
“Throughout this pandemic, Mainers have stepped up to serve and support our communities in the toughest of circumstances. We owe it to them to have their backs,” he said.
If signed into law, Maine would join several states across the country that already have adopted legislation either giving preference to companies based in that state for public contracts or giving preference to American-manufactured goods.
“Maine small businesses and the hardworking people who keep them running don’t just drive our economy, they really are a part of our communities,” Jackson said.
“Small business owners sponsor our Little League teams, help out with band fundraisers and donate to our community food banks. They are our family members, neighbors, and friends,” he said.