As the election draws near, Republican candidates are running from the results their policies have inflicted on middle class Mainers over the last two years.  The facts, however, show that Republicans’ record in Augusta has made it harder to live, work and invest in Maine.  How is it that so many people are out of work here while the rest of the country has figured out ways to emerge from the recession? 

Consider the Republican record:

. Maine was among only a handful of states where the economy actually slid backwards last year. The US Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that Maine was the only state in New England whose economy shrunk in 2011 and one of only seven states nationwide.

. Maine’s economy shrank by .04 percent, while the national economy grew by 1.5 percent. New England grew by 1.8 percent. All five of the worst-performing states across the country in 2011 – including Maine – had state governments controlled by Republican governors.

. We lost 1,300 jobs in 2011, according to the Maine Center of Economic Policy and the Department of Labor.

. Maine has more than 50,000 people still looking for jobs, according to the Department of Labor.

. Maine was rated dead last (50) in the country for personal income growth, according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Republicans have had their chance to turn Maine’s economy around, and they haven’t delivered.   Let your undecided friends and family members know that Democrats have a vision for making Maine a place where we can all raise a family and prosper.

Let them know that we believe Mainers should be working their way into the middle class, not being pushed out.

Let them know that our candidates offer the best hope to improve our economy by making common sense investments that will help small businesses, job training and public education.

And finally, make sure they vote!

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