March 9, 2011
309 Cumberland Avenue
Portland, ME 04101
CONTACT: Kimberly Ballard
Testimony of Nancy Smith, Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine
in favor of LD 587,
“An Act to Reduce the Cost of Delivering Certain State Services”
March 9, 2011
Senator Thomas, Representative Cotta and members of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. My name is Nancy Smith and I am the Executive Director of GrowSmart Maine. As many of you know from our previous interactions with the committee, GrowSmart Maine is a statewide non-profit membership-based organization working to grow Maine's economy, protect its distinctive character, and enhance our state's quality places. I regret that previously scheduled commitments prevent me or other GrowSmart Maine representatives to present this testimony at today’s Public Hearing for LD 587.
As a part of our commitment to strengthening Maine’s economy, GrowSmart Maine is particularly enthusiastic about well grounded, thoughtful and creative proposals which seek to grow the economy in a sustainable manner while at the same time preserving our state’s unique character and quality of place.
Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our government is a key component of this effort. GrowSmart Maine commissioned Charting Maine’s Future in 2006, and in 2010, sponsored Re-inventing Maine Government as a companion report, expanding on the recommendation within Charting Maine’s Future to trim government.
We know that this bill is one of several proposals focused on improving government effectiveness by empowering Maine’s counties. LD 344 and 345 also hold promise, and we hope the committee will take the best from each proposal, and create legislation that will truly empower Maine’s county government to take on a more productive role throughout the state.
Thank you for the opportunity to present these remarks.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding GrowSmart Maine’s support for LD 587.
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