Economic Development and Workforce Training Cost Saving Ideas

Welcome to the “Cost Savings Ideas” website of Governor Paul LePage. Here, you are invited to share your ideas for promoting cost savings in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Department of Labor, Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), Lobster Promotion Council, Maine Blueberry Commission (wild), Maine Potato Board, Maine State Housing Authority, and other related agencies.

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  1. We need to begin with a high need for quality child care.

    We can not force people to work who have no means of childcare. We also need to provide some sort of means of transportation. We are in maine nothing is close by. We need to create jobs, and allow for some sort of training. We don't even allow for highschool students to work harvest anymore. Jobs also need to start allowing for newly educated people to get the experience and learn. As well as jobs needing to hire people even if they are over qualified, I have seen many people turned down for jobs at places such as walmart for…

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    • workfare not welfare

      There are very few people that need to be on welfare. I think everybody on welfare should get a notice their welfare is ending in 30 days. No excuses they have to get a job. If they can't find one then the state will supply one. They could raise a big garden for the state on state land or anything. People that have worked hard all their lives when they get ready to retire they have to live on peanuts because the State of Maine has given all their money away. Most people on disability can also work. I think…

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      • Increase Funding For Public Schools even if something else needs to be cut back on.

        Public Education is where most students can turn for free quality education. If we don't support these schools they won't be able to deliver that sort of quality. Schools are what train students to solve the problems we'll have now and later. We must put our efforts into schools above all else, especially public schools where the majority of students learn. If we can't do that, all hope is lost.

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        • Open a "State of Maine" processing facility.

          Prospect Harbor Maine has a facility that is set up to process lobster. Revamp it to include local mussels, Maine Shrimp, Oysters, clams. etc. Who knows the regulations better than the state. Put the local Maine people back to work and keep the money in our state. This will help by putting people on payroll instead of unemployement. Let us Mainers package our own product and be proud to say our seafood was processed in Maine by Maine people.

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          • stop Cronyism at UM

            Why was the president of the USM given a no confidence vote due to her salary increases to specific individuals, then steps down and gets a newly created post for the same 203K she was receiving. I appreciate what you are trying to do in gov't in general but you should be addressing this specific issue to show you mean business.

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            • My first proposal would be to increase engine capacity of Mopeds to at least 100cc.

              At present they are more of a road hazard than a convenient and inexpensive means of transportation. A number of people I have spoken to would own one if it weren't for the schooling required and moped rentals would probably be a larger industry than now. All things considered the safety would increase with the ability to keep up with rural traffic and not cause back ups when climbing hills. With the price of gasoline I think you'd find an increase in sales, which would lead to an increase in service and fair amount of increased revenue to the state.

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              • Create new government/private sector partnerships

                Reduce state, county and municipal workers to a maximum 32-hour work-week, do not disturb benefits such as medical care and leave, but reqire that the employee become a part-time employee at a private-sector partner business for at least an additional 8-hours weekly. This would allow the government to lower its wage/salary costs substantially while increasing the part-time employee's exposure to new and diversified opportunities in the private sector. The government needs to step back and give a "hand-up" to private business and its employees encouraging much more private sector business taking on many of the "necessary" tasks of government at…

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                • Lower ME Income Taxes

                  Eliminate the ME taxes on social security benefits and individual pension plans and IRAs. Then lots of retirees, including me, will move to ME and spend lots of money for many consecutive years. Right now, PA has ME taxes beat - PA is retiree-friendly. That's where I'll go unless ME changes it's tax structure SOON.

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                  • Daycare

                    I work in the Cross Building and I think it would be great for the State Employees who have children, to be able to have a daycare facility here in the building. There are many spaces available (2nd floor rooms that are used for only half of the year). This would give people job opportunities, as there would need to be staff to care for the children. On top of the peace of mind us employees would have, having their children in the same building and being cared for by employees who are trained and licensed, it would increase productivity…

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                    • Economic Development and Workforce Training Cost Saving Idea:

                      I'd like to propose the following vision for 'Youth Inclusion' on Maine's Comprehensive Plan regarding future ongoing/systematic economic development opportunities (which, as will see, could also simultaneously include higher educational opportunities & jobs training for our youth, via using that (recently announced) $13.2 million in SSBCI funds.
                      I recall seeing an article (fall of 2011) that spoke of how Governor LePage had brought together State Agency Heads, along with outside Sr. Leadership entities to focus on ways to improve the business climate in Maine. Since then, I've seen some great ideas brought forth on how to not only improve the…

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                      • energy focus

                        The gov should explore partnering with a large battery factory like Hond to Manufacture. A new industry such as home building with fire sprinklers. Tis would be a good idea to develop. Emphasis should ne on water ocean turbines and wind power. The large greenhouses like backyard tomatoes of Madison should be encouraged. Small busines people pay higher taxes also. All people out of work shoild be channelled into the road projects. Jobcenters should be more available.

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                        • Hire Maine People?!

                          The governor has stated he wants to put Maine people back to work! Then why do state departments hire out of state residents who are not as qualified as Maine state employees? There are Maine state employees that have worked hard to get their education right here in Maine and worked for the state while doing so and they are not hired for positions that they are more than qualified to have. This would also open up more positions for other Maine residents! Put Maine people to work, have priority to Maine employees over unqualified, out of staters!

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