Forbes has ranked Maine the worst state for doing business landing at No. 50 for a second straight year. "Maine suffers from energy costs 31% above the national average, stagnant population growth and anemic forecasts when it comes to job and gross state product growth."
This is completely unacceptable. Our economic future is at stake. Clearly that open for business sign out by the highway isn't working Gov. LePage.
We need a new approach to get this state from last place in doing business to the top 10 on the Forbes list.
* Friendly Tax Structure that works for Maine people & businesses
* Fiscal Responsibility is more than just a catch phrase
* Buy local goods and services
* Revitalize Mills across the state for long term growth potential
Maine People Are Taxed Enough
As your Representative, I will not support an increase in taxes on lower or middle income families. We are taxed enough.
"Our Government needs to be leaner and our wallets thicker."
Instead of taxing residents and businesses to death, let's provide tax incentives to help stimulate spending and new growth opportunities.
We can no longer ignore the burden our small businesses have, such as the high cost of energy, transportation, healthcare[sic], and taxes. Simply listening to what their needs are, we can develop economic policy that is pro-business and pro-growth as opposed to pro-state-revenue.
Asking wealthier Americans to pay their fair share is something we must do. The Middle Class has held the burden for far too long. When some people on Main Street can't afford to heat their homes, having people like Paris Hilton or Tim Cruise pay the same percentage of their large paychecks as teachers and construction workers isn't too much to ask.
Fighting for Fiscal Responsibility
We need to take a red pen and go through each department and program to eliminate any inefficiency or administrative redundancy that may exist.
This DOES NOT mean that we need reckless across the board cuts like the LePage Administration is suggesting for DHHS.
One example of spending cuts that are not warranted deal with our most senior members of our community. Seniors are having to make the difficult choice between heating their homes, putting food on the table, and buying prescription drugs. The last thing we should be doing is cutting funding.
Small Businesses are the bedrock of the Maine Economy
As I go around talking with small business owners and workers, I'm finding that the general consensus is a lack of overall governmental support.
I talked with one small business in particular that never had a politician sit down with them for over 2 hours and talk specifically what their needs were as a business and what the state could work on to better serve their needs.
There is a need for a small business social network where ideas could be shared and dicussed[sic] not only between small businesses but also the policy makers in Augusta. While there are a number of resources, some mentioned below, there doesn't seem to be a 'one stop shop' kind of place where one could easily find out an answer dealing with, for example, manufacturing in-house or how to make a website drive up profits.
When new businesses are looking at re-locating to Maine, we shouldn't have a take it or leave it approach. As a state, we need to try and entice new businesses to come here by seeing what 'economic goodies' other states offer that our state consistently loses out to.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. We have to actually talk with small businesses in order to craft economic policies that work for them. Communication has to be step #1.