House Democratic Office
June 15, 2011
Contact: Jodi Quintero [Carey], 287-1488, c. 841-6279
Rep. Carey: Maineís economy shrinks under GOP control
Good morning, Iím
Rep. Mike Carey from Lewiston.
Thank you for tuning
This week we learned that Maine was among only a handful of states in America where the economy actually slid backwards last year.
The U.S. Bureau of
Economic Analysis announced that Maine was the only state in New England whose
economy shrunk in 2011 and one of only seven nationwide.
But Maine people
donít need a national report to tell us that times are tough.
Maine families and
small businesses are struggling to stay above water. Only a few days ago
the media reported that a Lewiston construction company closed its doors after
decades of building and fixing roads. This family business employed 40
people. Forty people who live in our communities and shop at our local stores.
When a company like
that closes down, the ripple effect can be devastating. Finding a job isnít
easy, and neither is staying afloat while youíre looking. In this recession,
more than 50,000 Maine people look for work every day.
And, lawmakers should
be doing everything we can to get our economy moving again so people who have
lost their job through no fault of their own have more opportunity not less.
But instead of
creating jobs and getting our economy moving again, weíve seen Augusta
undermine middle class families and hold job growth hostage to an extreme Tea
While Maineís economy
is shrinking and businesses on Main Street are closing their doors, our
governor announced this week that he would slow or halt voter-approved
investments that will create jobs across our state. He plans to ignore
the will of the voters and put a stranglehold on bonds that Maine voters have
As a result,
job creation at the Brunswick Naval Air Station, research programs at Maineís
universities and labs, and improvements in our downtowns across the state are
at risk. Maine voters chose to make these investments in our local area with
our tax dollars. Why would the governor ignore the voters and turn his back on
The governor and our Republican colleagues are leading our state down the wrong path. Their Tea Party agenda isnít working for Maine.
Republican control has made it harder to live and work in Maine.
Weíve seen investment
in innovation and job creation held hostage by Tea-Party politics. Engineering
graduates from our universities will have fewer job choices because the GOP
refused to make common sense investments in research and development. In the
last few years alone, these types of investments have helped companies like
Jackson Labs and Maine pulp and paper mills to innovate and to create jobs.
But instead of
creating jobs for the future, Republicans stuck to the same, old extreme
Under Republican control, weíve seen tax giveaways for the wealthy paid for on the backs of the middle class, our children, and our seniors.
Republicans have made
it easier for insurance companies to increase health insurance rates for Maine
families and businesses without prior approval.
And what happened?
Because of the
Republican rate hike law, health insurance costs have skyrocketed for small
businesses and older Mainers, especially in rural Maine.
The extreme agenda
has moved our state backwards, while our neighbors in other states around the
country have begun to emerge from the recession. Maine shouldnít be held
hostage to a backwards agenda.
time we tax fairly and cut wisely, not tax the middle class and slash services
to children, seniors and to public safety.
The best way to
improve our economy is by investing in small businesses, job training, roads
and bridges, and public education. We need more opportunity not less.
Maine canít slash and
burn its way to success.
Thanks for listening.
Iím Rep. Mike Carey from Lewiston.