June 30, 2013

Dan Demeritt: LePage must seize chance for change

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While the veto override may appear to be a setback for LePage, I see the budget enacted by the Legislature as a springboard for LePage's re-election and the starting point of a conversation about Maine's future. It will take bold action and transformational leadership to truly take advantage of this opportunity, and I continue to hope that the governor and his team will take up the fight.

CHANGING DIRECTION: A series in this newspaper recently raised many hard questions about the actions and allegiances of Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho. I support the paper's right to ask these questions but also believe most of the answers are merely the consequences of an election.

I put together the red-tape audits that brought more than 1,000 job creators to 25 sessions across Maine during the transition and early months of the LePage administration. The message at these meetings was clear and consistent: Maine's regulatory agencies need a more cooperative approach to how they work with businesses across our state.

Commissioner Aho is charged with moving her agency down this path in a manner that is consistent with the governor's direction and political philosophy. The industry leaders I speak with believe she is doing an extremely effective job.

Dan Demeritt can be contacted at:


Twitter: @demerittdan


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