Thursday, April 24, 2014
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.
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
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Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
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Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
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Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
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Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
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Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
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