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Last Thursday, Maine Development Foundation, Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Educate Maine released a collaborative report based on a survey of 1,000 business leaders. The three groups identified the Top 12 issues for Maine's next governor, based on that survey. Their “Making Maine Work: Critical Investments for the Maine Economy” also spelled out 16 recommendations to address the most-pressing economic issues identified in the survey, which was last done in 2010.
Which one of the concerns below would be your top priority for the next governor to tackle?
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jebswebs

Augusta
08/02/18 AT 07:56 AM
The answer is "migration"

08/01/18 AT 03:16 PM
It's a toss up! If I had to start somewhere, I would start with health insurance.

08/01/18 AT 03:05 PM
We lose existing companies and fail to gain new companies from away as we do not have a robust educated and trained work force. As a state we do a poor job of planning training for the emerging markets.

Newburyport
08/01/18 AT 01:43 PM
In the global marketplace, Maine products are competing against those from countries where health care costs do not fall to companies but are a right. We need to go to single payer if Maine and the nation as a whole are going to thrive.

08/01/18 AT 01:16 PM
Ultimately, the availability of workers is the top priority. Unfortunately, the state has blocked or delayed efforts to deal with the other four areas. Their resolution will facilitate efforts to train current and future workers, and help with recruitment of skilled employees from away. Start with health insurance costs.

Sanford
08/01/18 AT 12:42 PM
The cost of electricity and heating is out of sight for a lot of Mainers. We have a lot of elderly who cannot keep paying increases.

08/01/18 AT 12:42 PM
In my opinion it is a tie between available workers and high-speed internet, but I voted for workers.

08/01/18 AT 12:31 PM
The greatest threat to Maine's economy is our loss of workforce due to retirement. The next governor has to lead the charge to bring to new Americans to Maine. We're not going to find enough people in the U.S. so that means providing a host of social service supports and an acceleration of preparing new Americans to succeed in our workforce.

08/01/18 AT 12:23 PM
High speed internet is already here if you are willing to pay for it and energy costs cannot be controlled by the governor because he or she will no effect on OPEC whatsoever. The transportation system is marginal but the cost of vast improvements to transportation is an expense that cannot be afforded without massive property/gas tax increases [like New Jersey's $0.25 gas tax that went into effect last January] since federal subsidies are tied to population density. For my business I rely on returning veterans who have already demonstrated a tremendous work ethic but even they are leaving Maine for better conditions. The cost of health insurance will continue to be the one legacy of Obama that has been the most detrimental to employers and will continue until it is either repealed or defunded and even then the costs will eventually be paid by everyone as it was before.
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