I have served a total of 24 years in the legislative and executive branches of Maine Government. I know how state government works, so I know how to make our voices heard in Augusta.- Charlie Pray
Our regional economy was dominated for decades by the jobs and revenue generated by the paper mills. With the loss of this industry, we now must develop the infrastructure and local markets to attract new employers to our area. We need to attract employers who bring a variety of employment opportunities to the area, so we are not dependent on the rise and fall of a particular industry or job sector. We also want employers who offer good paying, year round jobs, with benefits, so we can attract and retain our graduates and families in the area.
An educated workforce is essential to the people of the Katahdin region. We can no longer expect a high school diploma alone will qualify our graduates for high quality jobs. We must provide our children with a quality primary and secondary school education so that they will be eligible for college or other post-high school training programs. We must also provide them with a way to pay for those educational opportunities and jobs to come home to once they have finished their education.
An efficient government is accountable to the people. It puts benefits before bureaucracy, so that people receive the services it provides with the least cost possible. We need to assure that we are delivering services efficiently. Maine people deserve the highest yield possible from their tax dollars.
No elderly person should lose a home, go hungry, or go without appropriate health care. Our senior citizens navigated this country through wars, recessions and a depression. Their efforts preserved this country for us. We should preserve for them their standard of living as they age.
The Katahdin region is known for its timber resources, clean lakes and waterways, and beautiful scenery. For generations we have relied on these natural resources to power our economy and provide us with recreational opportunities. Our laws need to balance conservation and economic development so we can preserve our way of life. We must use these resources sustainably so that they will be available to our children, our grandchildren, and those generations that follow.