Maine Small Business Applauds LePage's State of State Address

Date: February 04, 2014

Augusta (February 4, 2014)Governor Paul LePage’s heavy emphasis this evening on improving
Maine’s economic climate is exactly what the state needs to create jobs and
spread prosperity to more people, said the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
.

“The
Governor has never really lost his focus on making Maine a better place for
business and that was clearly evident this evening,” said NFIB State Director David Clough
“He’s proposed some initiatives that won’t be easy to pass but which are
objectively sensible for a state that badly needs economic growth.”

LePage
delivered his annual State of the State Address tonight before a joint session
of the Legislature.  In his remarks he
pointed out that despite higher taxes and heavy regulations piled up over
decades, Maine’s economy hasn’t produced the results that the advocates of
those policies promised.

The
Governor pointed out that Mainers pay nearly twice the national average to heat
their homes.  The cost of energy is a key
concern for small business owners, said Clough, and they support the Governor’s
plan to access natural gas from Pennsylvania and hydro power energy from
Quebec.

“The
Governor said he doesn’t have a favorite energy source and neither do small
business owners,” said Clough.  “Lower
energy costs will free up capital for small businesses and discretionary income
for consumers, which would directly improve the economy.”

LePage
proposed the creation of “Open for Business Zones” that would offer incentives
to businesses to locate in Maine.  They
would also be right-to-work regions, meaning that employees there wouldn’t be
forced to join unions. 

“The
right-to-work states have drawn a lot of investment from international
businesses and they’ve created a lot of jobs,” said Clough.  “Maine is missing out of some of that
opportunity and the Governor’s plan would make us more attractive.”

Another
key initiative that the Governor unveiled tonight would be a statewide voter
referendum asking Mainers whether they want to cut taxes.

“Taxes
have been such a point of contention in the Legislature and the Governor
clearly wants to take the politics of the issues,” said Clough.  “It’s a challenge that lawmakers should take seriously.

“High
taxes siphon money away from small business employers and consumers,” he
continued.  “It’s people who invest in
jobs and businesses that make growth happen.”

Please
contact David Clough directly to arrange an interview.  You may also contact Sr. Regional Media
Manager Jack Mozloom at 609-462-5610 or
jack.mozloom@nfib.org.

To
learn more about NFIB please visit www.nfib.com.

 

 

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