AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci, now into his final year as Maine’s governor, is predicting a brighter future for the recession-racked state.
His weekend radio address echoes major themes of his State of the State speech Thursday night. Baldacci says that despite the difficulties faced by the state, including a huge budget shortfall that will result in reduced services, “the next chapter in Maine’s history will be one of resurgence, growth and opportunity.”
In the Republican response, state Rep. Mike Thibodeau of Winterport said Maine’s prospects for creating jobs are poor due to 31 years of one-party control of state government. Thibodeau also labeled a bill to mandate earned paid sick days as a job killer than would worsen Maine’s business climate.