In Business In Maine? Governor LePage Says Life Sucks, Then You Die, And There’s Three Feet Of Yellow Snow On Your Unmourned Grave

Paul LePage

Paul LePageBANGOR, Maine — Forbes was right — Maine is the least business-friendly state in the country, Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday. “Frankly, I agree with them. I truly agree with them,” LePage said while delivering the keynote speech at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast. If Puerto Rico is incorporated as the nation’s 51st state next year, Maine might end up dead last again, LePage said, drawing chuckles from the audience. Forbes Magazine last week named Maine the worst state for business for the third year in a row. The magazine’s annual ranking put Utah at the top. “And that’s after two years of struggling to make some changes to make Maine a more business-friendly state, so it just goes to show how much work we have to do,” LePage said. The governor outlined what he believed to be the causes behind Maine’s dismal business climate, which largely matched Forbes’ reasons for why Maine was at the bottom of the barrel — high taxes, high energy costs and an aging population. (read more at Bangor Daily News)