Eliot Cutler on Technology
Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure
Sound investments in our backbone infrastructure of roads, bridges, railroads and ports will allow us to make the most of our competitive advantages and spark economic activity and growth.
A capital budgeting process will make it more likely that the decisions about which investments to make are less political and more strategic.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com
, Dec 31, 2013
State & local responsibility to fund public infrastructure
We're old and getting older. Maine is aging faster than the rest of the country. A decade ago, the median age in Maine was 38.6 years, fourth oldest in the country; now Maine is the oldest state in the country.
As Maine's population and tax base age,
the consequent decline in revenues supporting critical public functions will impact everyone. Maine has more than 46,000 miles of roadway to maintain, while neighboring New Hampshire, with virtuŞally the same population, has only 33,000 miles.
Then there are the bridges, the dams, the ports, the buildings and the rest of our infrastructure for which governments--state and local--are responsible.
The numbers don't lie. Unless we do something to reverse Maine's demographic trends, Maine people
will be stretched beyond the breaking point; the costs of all of our public services will continue to rise further and further, while our governments' revenues--the ability to pay those costs--will decline more and more.
Source: A State of Opportunity, by Eliot Cutler, p. 12-16
, Dec 31, 2013
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