Maine's gov candidates offer ideas for the economy

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Associated Press

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 9:03 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's gubernatorial candidates have offered up their ideas on how to ramp up the state's economy.

Jobs and the economy were major themes in Wednesday night's televised debate at the Eastland Park Hotel in Portland.

Democrat Libby Mitchell says the state needs to invest in education and cut the state income tax. Republican Paul LePage says he would create jobs by working with the private sector. Independent Eliot Cutler says the state's high costs and regulatory burdens discourage businesses from coming to Maine.

Independents Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott say they'd put their business experience to work.

With less than two weeks before the Nov. 2 election, polls show LePage and Mitchell locked in a tight race, with Cutler running third.

They are vying to replace term-limited Gov. John Baldacci.

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