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Finally, for the state's most senior elected official, leadership is indispensable. Here, the governor earns a mixed mark. To his credit, the governor appears to be inching toward a pragmatic but nonetheless politically gutsy move to expand the state's Medicaid program. If he goes there, it will be his most significant act of clear-headed, non-ideological leadership to date.
On the issue of the biennial budget, however, the governor effectively abdicated any leadership responsibility by punting hard fiscal choices to local cities and towns with his proposed elimination of municipal revenue sharing.
If, as the governor contends, there is such bloat and overspending in Maine's budget, surely he can demonstrate the leadership to identify the necessary cuts instead of further burdening local taxpayers.
Abraham Lincoln said, "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
The governor's test continues and Maine's character hangs in the balance.
Michael Cuzzi is a former campaign aide to President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen. He manages the Portland office for VOX Global, a strategic communications and public affairs firm. He can be contacted at: