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If only we would cut taxes and red tape....that would solve the problem right?
Guess not. (BY THE WAY, CALIFORNIA POLLS BETTER THEN WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN AND OF COURSE MAINE!*)
"Maine governor Paul LePage ran for office as a fiscal conservative, claiming that tax cuts for the wealthy would grow the Maine economy. When that failed, he turned to slowing payments for bonds, claiming that would jumpstart the economy. When that failed, he then pushed for even more tax cuts, claiming it would be a huge boost to the state’s economy despite his earlier tax cuts failing to deliver. And now Maine is facing its largest deficit in history, along with huge debts for the immediate future.
These steps were meant to turn Maine into a competitive and attractive state for business. Instead, Maine is now considered the worst state for business in the nation. This is a stunning turnaround for the state, which in the 1990′s under then governor, now senator-elect Angus King, was considered a very attractive state for business.
Paul LePage seems confused, and is running on 1980′s campaign slogans. When the scope of his failed policies were made clear, he called for an immediate slashing of funds to education systems. Nothing says pro-business like making sure they lack both well-paid customers and educated workers, right?
The incoming Democratic majority in the state legislature may not be able to correct the damage either, as they will lack a veto-proof majority. This means that Maine is facing a turbulent next few years, as critical programs face budget shortfalls and the state turns down the path of job elimination. Another few years of Paul LePage and there won’t effectively be an economy in Maine at their current pace.
In a move apparently meant to help with the state budget, he has, however, decided on turning over the entire state medical system to the federal government. Due to his refusal to set up the state-run programs required by federal law and voted into effect by Maine’s legislators in Washington, he has abdicated state control over their health system, federalizing it by default. Of course, LePage had earlier called the IRS “Obama’s Gestapo,” so this turnabout to hand the state medical system to the federal government is surprising. Of course, to solve the healthcare problem he may just require adding more BPA’s to the food; after all, the worst case scenario is that “some women may have little beards.”
Paul LePage is one of the last holdouts for the Norquist Pledge and is facing a huge problem for re-election in the next cycle. While that election is two years away, he is already facing an uphill battle, according to polls, and could, this time, lose to a cat. When you have to worry about Garfield throwing his hat into the ring, Mr. Governor, the problem is not the people, or legislature; the only person to blame is yourself, Paul LePage."
FROM ADDICTING INFO.
NOW FROM FORBES.
Maine Leads List Of The Worst States For Business--
"Its economy contracted 0.6% a year between 2006 and 2011, versus 0.5% annual growth (net of inflation) for the U.S. as a whole. The five-year projected growth rate of 2.5% is fifth worst in the U.S. The job growth picture is equally anemic, as its 1.4% forecasted rate through 2016 ranks fourth worst among states."
Hey Governor Paul...the 80's are over...
*Tea party Governors...
Maine rates as the worst state for business for a third straight year. The state suffers from high costs, anemic growth and weak productivity.
This post was edited by D A Stankovich 19 months ago
Tous pour un, un pour tous
The top result from a simple google search for "worst states for business 2012".
But hey, keep picking and choosing your stats. What do CEO's know?
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
What do you make of the situation in Maine, phear?
California is driving business out of state at a high rate Stank due to Carbon taxes, highest state income taxes in the country, highest gas taxes, most aggressive taxing agency in the State Board of Equalization....high sales taxes, one of the worst public education system. Just because Maine is having problems doesn't mean that California political leaders have a clue.
And of the 10 on that list...EVERY state is a democrat stronghold.
"...an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits" JFK
How many of them beholden to parasitic public sector unions?
According to CEO's...California ranks #1 as the worst state to do business. Not surprised at all! That's why the public sector unions are grabbing what they can get before the state goes bankrupt.
Maine politicians have been in office for some time now. The more they have tried tea party methods the worse their situation has become. Added to this fact, when we hear that business has been driven from California, you have to ask what business? Fascinatingly for example when Apple sent work to Texas, what was not noticed was that they sent the lower paid positions their. The Highly paid ones, stayed here. Why? Apple discovered that the highly paid people preferred living in the Bay Area. More infrastructure (the kind the Government provides).
As for having the worst public education system, one obvious reason is...we spend no money on it. Our spending per student is one of the lowest in the nation.
Nothing it seems based upon numbers as opposed to what CEO's feel. Forbes at least uses some facts. By the way, Google is only basing their position on how many people looked at an article. Not on the value of the article.
We spend a ton of money on schools. The problem is it isn't getting into the classroom. A lot of the budget money goes into pensions and school administrators which does little to educate the students. It's a tired old saw to say we don't spend money on education. It is how it is spent is the most important thing. When I hear the Superintendent of some school district makes $300,000 to $400,000, it makes my blood boil. All I see them doing is going to graduations so they can get applause from the unwashed.
As to business leaving California, a lot of businesses in the building materials business are going to Arizona due to the higher bs carbon laws passed while Arnold was Governor.
200k per class room of 25 isnt enough and mindless liberals want to spend more. It solves everything.
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Education Week ranks California 47th overall in how much it spends per student – $8,667 when adjusted for regional cost differences, about $3,000 below the national average of $11,665.
THERE ARE 50 STATES.
Which means there are 46 other states that ranked higher then us.
We rank 30th in the nation which means that we are about midway through the state rankings. So the idea that California is just rolling in ducats and throwing them away and that the amount of money spent per student doesn't matter is Conservative fantasy.
And again, noting as I did the lack of infrastructure in many of these states it isn't surprising due to the race to the bottom that wage cuts cause that we lose some businesses. What we aren't losing is the heavy weights in the industry. Because California can serve them better.
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This post was edited by D A Stankovich 18 months ago
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