Maine Moves Up in Business Survey of CEOs

May 11, 2015

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 11, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage issued the following statement regarding the release of Maine’s improved ranking among states as a place in which to do business. Maine has moved up six points in Chief Executive magazine's 11th annual Best and Worst States for Business survey.

“This survey of more than 500 CEOs has now ranked Maine as the 30th best state, moving us up six points from 2014,” said Governor LePage. “CEOs prefer states that ‘foster growth through progressive business development programs, low taxes and a quality living environment.’ My administration has focused on making Maine more competitive by lowering energy costs, lowering taxes and streamlining our regulations. These efforts are paying off, and CEOs are taking notice.”

The 2015 rankings showed 17 of the top 20 best states for business are led by a Republican governor — including all 10 of the top 10.

“My tax reform package and our goal of eliminating the state income tax will continue to improve Maine’s ability to attract new businesses and strengthen those already here,” the Governor said. “Now is not the time to shy away from making the tough decisions that will mean more prosperity for all our residents. I urge the Maine people to contact their lawmakers in Augusta and tell them to vote for a Constitutional amendment to eliminate the income tax in Maine. This process will allow Maine voters to decide for themselves in a statewide referendum whether they want to get rid of the income tax once and for all.”