We need to prepare our graduates for the careers of the future and then make sure they can apply those skills right here in Maine.
We can do that by investing in public education and pathways to success including trade apprenticeships and non-traditional programs. Programs that give every student an opportunity to thrive and position our graduates for success.
The time for action is now. I support Governor Mills' pledge to transition Maine to a carbon-neutral economy by 2045.
But why wait? Today, Maine has an abundance of renewable and affordable energy options. At the state level, we need to continue to promote and incentivize the municipal and individual transition to clean renewable energy and look to expand model sustainability programs such as the South Portland | Portland One Climate Future initiative.
Maine needs entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs need capital!
The Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program was designed to encourage equity investments in Maine startups. For the second year in a row, the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit has been depleted on the first business day of the year. How discouraging for young Maine entrepreneurs who want to build their business and raise their families here in Maine. We need to expand this program so that investors will bring their money to Maine.
I wholeheartedly support the Governor Mill's proposal to increase the tax credit and support Maine's startup-up community. Fostering entrepreneurship is good for our communities and for the Maine economy.
Graduates that choose to work in public service (e.g. our teachers, home healthcare workers, first responders), should not be burdened with soul-crushing student debt. We have a responsibility to take care of them as they take care of us.
I support student debt forgiveness programs.
According to the ACLU, more than half of states are hostile to abortion rights. Only 13 states are supportive Here in Maine, we must continue to protect and defend a full range of reproductive health services.
In order to thrive, 21st Century businesses, schools, hospitals, factories, and families all need fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed Internet access.
So many rural Mainers don’t even have an option to connect. Imagine having no access at all – day in and day out. For others throughout the state, access is available but it is not affordable. That is not fair. Internet access is as essential as electricity and should be treated as a utility.
Let's make sure that every Mainer has access to high-speed affordable Internet connectivity.