It is too bad that Tony Payne didn’t use the opportunity in his column, “A little heat could improve Maine’s business climate,” to address the MERI ratings of legislators in The Forecaster’s circulation area. It is a little ironic, if not self-defeating, that we who live in the economic center of Maine send the largest contingent of anti-business, anti-job and anti-Maine economy legislators to Augusta.
Of the 26 legislators who represent those who live and work in The Forecaster’s circulation area, only two of them, Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland and Sen. Gerald Davis of Falmouth support a healthy Maine economy and quality jobs for our community.
Twenty-two of the remaining 24 legislators can be counted on to vote against our economic interest and kill local jobs, while the remaining two could be counted on to vote against our economic interests more than half the time, according to the MERI report.
As “Open for Business” signs are replaced by “Space for Lease” across Cumberland County, we don’t need to look any further than our own representation and our own choices in the voting booth for our cold economic climate.