BUT ONLY IF WE WORK TOGETHER
The kind of change we need will not come from Augusta or Washington, in a top-down way. It can only come from the people of Maine, working in common cause. Fortunately, we have many inspiring examples in our recent past where Maine people worked together to create change. They include such nationally significant achievements as the bottle bill, river cleanups, land conservation, public financing of campaigns, the Sensible Transportation Act, and the return of passenger train service.
When the people from Brookings traveled the state, they were struck by how engaged Maine people were, and how much we care about the state and the future. That's the Maine way.
If we want a strong and sustainable economy, we need to gather ourselves together, have a big discussion about the kind of future we want, find some common ground around a sensible and bold plan of action, and then mobilize to make it happen. This new report from Brookings is a good start. Nobody is going to agree with all of it, nor should they. But if we can find a way to support the basic ideas in the report - protect the character of this state, invest in innovation, streamline government - we'll be taking a huge step forward toward a more sustainable and prosperous tomorrow.
BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION
'With the people, everything is possible. Without them, nothing'
Abraham Lincoln, 1862
The Action Plan proposed by Brookings is already attracting broad support from individual citizens, organizations and businesses. But we need you to become part of this new network for change. None of us can do it by ourselves, but together we can shape a better future.