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Half-measures won’t improve Maine’s bleak economic future

Posted June 24, 2013, at 2:05 a.m.
Last modified July 03, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.

In many Maine counties, deaths outnumber births. Young people are leaving. Those that stay in Maine are, generally, less educated. Manufacturing jobs are drying up and not being replaced. The state’s workforce is increasingly made up of aged workers.

If Maine wants to reverse this trend of economic decline and stagnation, it must adopt innovative policies and back them up with significant long-term financing.

This doesn’t happen because an investment in early childhood education, for example, won’t show results before the next election. Creating new employment training programs at the community college system won’t suddenly draw a carmaker to Maine. So, policymakers nibble around the edges of the problem and nothing really changes.

Maine

Population – 1,329,192

Births – 12,754

Deaths – 12,857

Population Change – 648

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