Eliot Cutler is committed to making the critical investments in education necessary to expand opportunity to all Mainers, which in turn will foster a 21st-century economy in Maine. Cutler correctly notes that it is the state’s shortage of young, skilled workers that is stifling investment and halting economic progress in Maine. To remedy the shortage, Cutler has proposed higher education reforms such as “Pay it forward, pay it back,” to reduce financial barriers and expand access to post-secondary certificate and degree programs. Throughout his campaign for governor, Eliot Cutler has highlighted the structural need for a level playing field to provide all Mainers the fighting chance to achieve their hopes and dreams. I encourage all to vote for the gubernatorial candidate you believe will do the very best job for this state. For me, that is Eliot Cutler.