I spent over two decades as a marketing consultant for non-profit organizations here in Maine, the one aspect of about what we have to work with in this great state, is a very small population...and no amount of business deregulation and 'most' favored status for luring businesses will change that. Maine, you want more revenues? Increase your population size. It is as simple as that. I've seen that strategy come and go over the years...every time, crashing.
As long as we have a small population we must conserve every aspect of our existing resources, developing growth there...not by hoaxing up faux business growth on taxpayer's backs, (read that to mean, taxing the middle income wage earners...not taxing the wealthy). By compromising the value added to our natural and environmental resources and our essential tourist industry legacy, we will be setting the clock us back 30 years. This is not the way to do it.
Watch and see, LePage will try to bring manufacturing, and heavy industry to Maine, not learning the lessons of history...that no matter how much we -- you and me -- subsidize these opportunistic corporations looking for tax breaks...they are destined to fail for us.
Been there, done that.
Perhaps Paul L. wants to change the State of Maine, to the State of Mardens. Using Marden's marketing strategy: Piling cheap, salvaged crap in the aisles of a huge empty space and throwing in the 'bait', a'designer' item at a ridiculously low price now and then to make prospective buyers think this is 'THE PLACE' for 'bargains'! Al the strategy is to strip and rape and back-stab the true qualities and values in the surrounding community held in place by sensible enforcement of regulations already on the books.
In the next four years I think it will be important to turn tables here, challenge Mr. LePage's initiatives to undo Maine's social and environmental achievements every step of the way with lessons learned over the past forty years...and, he will not force it through on an ignorant populace...we will show him we are a party of 'know'.
I hope and pray this is not what the next four years reveal about governance here in Maine, but I am not optimistic.
May wisdom prevail.
Go ahead. When out and about shopping next time, visit any Marden's store...is this what you want for Maine?