After weeks of national and international attention to a series of violent and racist statements by Governor Paul LePage and attempts to hold him accountable, or the lack thereof, by state legislators, Maine Democratic legislative leaders gathered at a town hall forum at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham on Tuesday in an attempt to change the conversation for the November legislative elections to economic issues and the future of the state.
“Maine is losing its young people as they are forced to look for opportunity elsewhere. We need solutions that help young families build their lives in Maine and that revitalize our economy – one cannot happen without the other,” said Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon. “The consequences for our state are dire if we remain on this trajectory. But the right policies can get us back on track.”
Democrats’ “A Better State of Maine” plan calls for new infrastructure investments, economic partnerships based on the state’s traditional competitive advantages, community redevelopment and greater access to quality education.
Calling the next generation of Mainers “our greatest asset,” Democratic leaders touted these priorities as the best way to address Maine’s changing demographics and uncertain economic future.
“Maine’s success depends on our ability to keep our next generation in state and lure new people as well. We can do that through smart, targeted strategies to make Maine an attractive place for families, entrepreneurs, workers and small business owners,” said Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dawn Hill. “Our vision calls for needed investments in our infrastructure, capitalizing on our competitive advantages, equipping young people with the skills they need to compete and policies that support vibrant communities.”