While Paul LePage is being aggressive toward social services for the poor and people with disabilities, he wants to expand welfare for corporations.

He talks about “union- and tax-free zones.” Tax-free zones do not generate revenue. Most probably, they mean minimum-wage jobs without representation in a union or benefits.

If police or fire departments need to respond, it could cost municipalities millions. All these issues are commercially unfavorable circumstances.

He refused affordable health care, leaving tens of thousands without health insurance. That does not make for an attractive workforce for any state. It also is a discouragement for businesses to establish or expand in Maine.

Diverting state obligations and responsibilities to municipalities and institutions is unethical for any honest business seeking a home.

It’s no coincidence that for the last four years, Maine has been at the bottom of the nation for a place to do business.

Denis M. Rioux


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