What is Gov. John Baldacci’s legacy?

Posted Dec. 20, 2010, at 2:43 p.m.

In a matter of days, Gov. Baldacci will leave the Blaine House after eight years as governor. What is his legacy? His tenure coincided with two recessions, including one of historic proportions.

How did he respond? What were his key ideas? Did he persuade the Legislature, and Mainers, of their importance? What were his strengths and weaknesses

in getting his agenda enacted? What were his biggest failings? Which of his legislative achievements should the next governor and legislature consider reversing? Which should stand?