AUGUSTA (AP) – A new report says Maine has some work to do to strengthen its economy but also finds areas in which the state already excels.

The Maine Economic Growth Council released an annual report Thursday that analyzes a number of indicators of progress toward sustainable, long-term growth.

Its report praises the state with gold stars in four areas: research and development spending, health insurance coverage, efforts to address chronic disease and a low rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses.

But it also hands out red flags in several areas, including personal income, high-speed Internet access, manufacturing productivity, health care and energy costs, and state and local tax burden.

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