Maine is a small state, off the radar of much of the rest of the United States. Now, more than ever, state leaders need to unify Maine’s population behind policies that will bring jobs and new residents to the Pine Tree State. Instead, the state’s top leader continues to perpetuate the common trope that southern Maine — and especially Portland — stands in the way of prosperity for the rural parts of the state.
“People in the south part of Maine will not allow people in northern Maine to earn a good living,” Gov. Paul LePage said at a town hall meeting in Lewiston earlier this month. “I know it sounds hard and cruel, but it’s a fact.”