Weekly Democratic Address by Rep. Mark Dion (Portland): LePage tries again to distract from poor economic performance
Rep. Dion: LePage tries again to distract from poor economic performance
TANF announcement follows news that Maine’s economy 47th slowest in nation
The best anti-crime program is a job. That’s something we should all agree on. Reducing the need for welfare is also best accomplished by growing jobs. Real jobs with real wages.
The problem for Governor Paul LePage is that he’s failed to live up to his own promises!
The governor is reaching into the same old bag of scapegoat politics to once again distract Maine people from his poor performance on jobs and the economy.
You probably just heard the governor use his radio address to announce he’ll finally enforce a law to drug test convicted drug felons whose families rely on TANF.
He probably doesn’t want you to know that many of these felons were guilty of possessing only small amounts of drugs and not members of some massive drug trafficking cartel.
But facts like these destroy the distraction he’s trying to create.
My question to the governor is: “Where have you been?”
The TANF law has been on the books for three years. Three years with no action by the governor’s administration.
But this isn’t really about fixing a problem. It’s about finding someone to blame.
When it comes to scapegoating public assistance, the governor’s never been concerned that his decrees are only loosely connected to the facts.
The governor’s record on the economy makes the answer all too clear.
The governor’s strategic response to this sorry financial evaluation? Drug testing.
C’mon, Governor. We both know Maine’s economy deserves a better solution than that.
After all, you’ve never missed an opportunity to tout your business savvy.
You’ve told the people of Maine: “I know what it takes to grow an economy.” You have reminded us countless times that you made your mark as a “turnaround specialist.”
But an economic turnaround requires more than running over families struggling with addiction and unemployment.
Maine deserves better than that!
Maine needs a leader who promotes opportunity and works for solutions – solutions like workforce training, college affordability and support for small business innovators.
We need a leader to move our economy, boost our middle class and who knows that being poor is not a crime. We need an effective CEO, who relies on the facts – now more than ever.
Thank you for listening. I’m Representative Mark Dion of Portland.