Paul LePage has spent his entire career creating jobs, resulting in thousands of jobs for the people of Maine.
As a successful Maine business turnaround specialist, and later as the General Manager of Mardens stores, Paul LePage proved you can create jobs in Maine even in the middle of a recession.
Since Governor LePage took office more than 22,000 new private sector jobs have been created. There are more than 8,000 jobs currently open, waiting to be filled, on the Maine job bank.
Wages are up since he took office. The New York Times reported: “Employment rates have rebounded in some states with strong growth, but only three states — Maine, Texas and Utah — have retraced more than half their losses” since the recession. The Wall Street Journal reported Maine has seen a “big turnaround” under Governor LePage.
Under Baldacci for a time the unemployment rate in Maine was higher than the national average. That has never happened under Governor LePage. We can’t turn back to the failed policies of the past.
- Held job creation and red tape cutting workshops all over Maine, working with local Chambers of Commerce, to hear directly from small businesses on what they needed to help grow the economy and create jobs. Not made-for-tv moments, but real meetings with the Governor in the room working with small businesses.
- Included business incentives in his tax cuts for creating jobs.
- Cut government red tape harming job creation and instituted a hotline to cut through the bureaucracy stopping job creation.
- Instituted dedicated staff people who are only there to help Maine small businesses and new large businesses work through paperwork to get up and running more quickly.
- Reformed the ‘death tax’ penalty which was killing off small businesses that were being handed to the next generation after the owner dies.
- Stopped taxes on fuel harming Maine fishermen.
- Instituted health insurance reforms for Maine’s smallest businesses.
- Started the “business-friendly community program” to highlight to outside businesses those towns and cities that are open for new businesses and new jobs.
- Introduced legislation to ease the transfer of military training to Maine’s workforce so that our returning veterans can get jobs.
- Increased regional job fairs so more local people can find jobs in their own communities.
- Changed the rules so that lobster fishermen could keep traps on docks and helped promote Maine’s lobster industry as sustainable.
- Personally traveled all over the world helping recruit businesses. As a result, new companies moved to Maine.
Governor LePage’s actions have produced results.
“There was an air of victory in Sanford Friday as local business leaders met with the Governor to offer solutions…”
Sanford, Springvale, Acton and Lebanon Observer Newspaper on LePage job creation outreach.