LePage says business costs must come down

Posted Oct. 22, 2011, at 8:54 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 23, 2011, at 9:57 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage said the high cost of doing business is hindering job creation in Maine.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said business leaders he has heard from also are concerned that Maine’s work force isn’t qualified for many of the jobs that are available.

To make Maine a more business-friendly state, LePage said high energy prices must be reined in and the state’s regulatory framework has to be streamlined.

He said the state also must do a better job of training students for today’s jobs.

LePage said recent announcements of job cuts at Verso Paper in Bucksport, Barber Foods in Portland and Lowe’s stores in Biddeford and Ellsworth are a blow, but that he’s encouraged by what he’s hearing from business leaders.