At a State House news conference today, before a crowd of people from all corners of Maine, a group of businessmen and women endorsed a set of guiding principles that could help lawmakers sort through the raft of proposals for “regulatory reform” that have been made in recent months. At the event, hosted by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, speakers criticized the Governor’s Phase I Regulatory Reform Proposals as a threat to Maine’s environment and to the health of Maine people. The group voiced concerns that the “regulatory reform” initiative pushed by the Governor was “horribly off-track,” but could be set back on a constructive course if lawmakers utilized the announced set of five “Guiding Principles for Ensuring a Strong Maine Economy, Good Jobs and a Clean and Healthy Environment.” Speakers at the event, in order of appearance on our video, were:
Horace “Hoddy” Hildreth, Jr., chairman of Diversified Communications, a former Republican state senator and candidate for Congress, and son of the late Gov. Horace Hildreth, Sr.
Heather Blease, Director of Marketing and Sales for the Thayer Corporation and founder of ENVISIONeT.
Jim Wellehan, CEO, Lamey Wellehan
Suzanne Kelly, owner with husband, Bob, of Bangor-based House Revivers and Kelly Realty Management