According to the Maine Department of Labor, there are more than 1,000 small construction companies in Maine that employ between five and 50 workers. These companies employ more than 16,000 Mainers.The above from Susan collins
"It is outrageous that small construction companies have been unfairly singled out by this amendment," said Senator Collins. "This is yet another example of a significant policy change that is hidden in the fine print of this huge bill. It is simply unfair that small construction companies will face this stiff penalty when other small businesses will not. We should be providing tax incentives to help small contractors afford health insurance not hit them with onerous fines."
Professions affected by this amendment are: plumbers, electricians, carpenters, roofers, dry wall contractors and masons. It also affects installers of fire alarms, smoke detectors, burglar alarms, computer systems, home theaters, appliances, fireplaces, insulation, flooring, carpeting, linoleum, heating systems, air conditioning systems, doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, kitchen counters, water heaters, garage doors, satellite television dishes, and cable TV.
This ought to drive every small business owner into hiring only sub contractors or reducing the workforce below the 50 threshold. Fucking idiots.