Sunday, May 19, 2013
One of the lesser-known bills signed into law recently is L.D. 323, an effort to aggressively market the Maine brand.
Gov. Paul LePage made special mention of it Wednesday during a bill signing for workers' compensation reforms and a couple other measures. The bill to promote tourism requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to work with the tourism industry and other state agencies to come up with better ways to promote the state.
"My wife and I, while we could have been far more successful in other states with promotions, we elected to stay right here in Maine and I firmly believe it is the greatest state on Earth," LePage said.
While he wants to make it more affordable for those who live here to enjoy the tourist attractions, he also wants travelers to pump up the economy by spending money while they visit.
"To try to make Maine not only a great state to live in, but have everybody recognize it's a great state to come visit us and drop off a little bit of their cash," he said in front of dozens of business leaders gathered at the Blaine House.
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