Let’s remove obstacles to needed economic investments

January 8, 2014 by

bonds_smallThe legislature’s appropriations committee today is listening to the public’s opinion on two bills that, if passed, would direct the governor to carry out the will of Maine voters.

The proposed bills are: An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of Bonds That Have Been Ratified by the Citizens of the State (L.D. 138) and An Act to Clarify When Bonds May Be Issued (L.D. 904).  … Read the rest

Bond Questions 2, 4, and 5: Maine needs to invest in higher education for struggling workers

October 31, 2013 by

Thirty-six percent of the building stock at the University of Maine is 50 or more years old. Dwight Eisenhower was president when the state built most of the lab space. Classrooms and laboratories at the seven university … Read the rest

Question 3 – Maine’s aged bridges need repair

October 30, 2013 by

You know the old line, “In Maine, driving is better in the winter because the potholes get filled with snow.” Mainers have always grumbled about road conditions.

It turns out we have something to complain about. Only it’s our bridges. Maine ranks 9th in the country for the worst bridge conditions. Of our 2,408 bridges, 356 or nearly 15% have structural defects.

When Mainers go the polls on … Read the rest

Beware the Bogus Business Ranking Redux

October 1, 2013 by

In December 2011, I wrote the blog post below in response to Forbes magazine’s “Best States for Business” list of that year. Now, for the fourth year in a row, Maine again ranks at the bottom of the magazine’s ranking. While the Maine media is engaged in a feeding frenzy to assign blame, they once again fail to grasp the real issue with the Forbes model: it is a … Read the rest

Time to Get Serious About Solving Maine’s Budget Crisis

June 5, 2013 by

Governor LePage’s budget proposal raises taxes. It contains property tax increases AND income tax increases.

There are better solutions. Unfortunately, when Democratic members of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee tried to engage their Republican counterparts in a discussion of these last night, the silence was deafening.

This kind of response does not bode well for passing a budget that restores local school funding, avoids dramatic property tax increases, promotes … Read the rest

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