From a Gordon Weil editorial in the 11/20/10 Kennebec Journal:
"Augusta’s view has seemed to be paternalistic. For example, I have long argued against energy policies that raise electric rates on the promise of something better later. For people having a tough time paying their bills, that hurts. It hurts now and, if history is any guide, it hurts later as well."
"But there is a message in that platform that Maine should not get too far ahead of other, richer states in social welfare programs, taxation or energy policy. That may be the real mission for the new governor and Legislature. It could be good economic development policy"
Gordon L. Weil, a weekly columnist for the Kennebec Journal, is an author, publisher, consultant and former international organization, U.S. and Maine government official.