I’m afraid Maine will not be well-equipped to recover from our economic crisis if we go ahead with massive budget cuts to our public infrastructure.
Like an underground foundation, state programs often go unnoticed but ultimately hold up our economy. Schools and universities, health and public safety systems, our roads and communications structures, our natural resources — our prosperity depends on the strength of all these structures.
If Maine doesn’t have the resources it needs, we could end up years behind other states. Our federal government is coming through with stimulus funding, but the state needs strong programs in order to capitalize on that opportunity.
The state has a financial shortfall due to a lack of revenue — therefore we need a revenue solution. Now is not the time to weaken, but rather to invest in our infrastructure. As we rebuild our economy, let’s not take the tools for recovery out of our own hands.
Paulette Dingley, Auburn


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