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Investing in Businesses (So They Can Invest in People)

September 12, 2018

For Maine to prosper, we need to recognize that investing in businesses IS investing in people. Business is just the way people organize to get things done—to do things for people. The food we eat is produced, processed, and delivered by businesses.  The cars we drive are made, delivered, sold, and maintained by businesses.  The fuel that heats our homes is obtained, processed, and delivered by businesses.  And all of those businesses are really people—enabled by the tools they need to do their work.

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Where’s Maine’s Place in a Dynamic Global Economy of the Future?

July 3, 2018

When we talk about the need to grow “foundational jobs” in Maine, we sometimes get this comment: “those jobs are gone and never coming back.” Although we do regard many of our legacy industries as providing foundational jobs, it’s just as important to understand what the foundational jobs of the future can be for Maine.

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The Bad News Behind “Record Low Unemployment”

May 22, 2018

We’ve been hearing a lot of good news lately about low unemployment in Maine – 29 months worth of good news, to be exact. That’s the number of consecutive months in which Maine’s jobless rate has been below 4%, which also happens to be the longest streak on record. In fact, Maine’s April 2018 unemployment rate of 2.7% is lower than this time last year, lower than New England’s rate of 3.6% and lower than the national unemployment rate of 3.9%. So what’s the problem with this good news?

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“Tooning” In to Maine’s Economic Challenges

May 3, 2018

Facing Maine’s economic challenges is going to take real engagement and involvement by us all. We can’t leave it to the politicians in Augusta – who operate in a system that rarely looks beyond the next election. We can’t leave it to the special interests – who are simply vying for their own agendas and, usually, spinning the facts. It can’t just be business, or labor, or environmentalists. We’re all in this together. But, first, we all have to agree that Maine’s economy is struggling, our prospects for turning this around are not bright, and we have no plan to rebuild our job base for the future.

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About the Alliance for Maine

April 17, 2018

The Alliance for Maine is a non-partisan, community-based effort to educate Mainers about our economic challenges and the need for a plan to repair and grow our economy. When we say, “non-partisan, community-based,” we mean it. We are truly trying to educate Mainers about our economic challenges. We are pushing for a solution that may sound easy – develop a plan. It is essential if Maine is going to take control of its economic future.

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The AFM Blog is Live!

April 17, 2018

Thank you for visiting the Alliance for Maine’s blog. We intend for this blog to be an active “community conversation” about our push for Maine to develop a long-term plan to grow foundational jobs for our economy, our children and our future quality of life.

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