University of Maine Bureau of Labor Education
The challenges facing regional service center communities in Maine need to be addressed by creative problem solving which goes beyond the simplistic and flawed assumptions of the "Closed Loop" model of service center revenue. Many existing strategies to increase municipal revenue through tax incentives and inappropriate economic development are often counterproductive to the long-term well-being of service center communities and their quality of life. The health of RSC's is critically important for the well-being of the state as a whole, and the taxpayers in these communities should not be expected to assume the entire financial burden of providing needed services and infrastructure for surrounding areas. Policymakers, citizens, and workers should become informed about the need for comprehensive state and regional solutions that will be equitable and effective, in order to prevent a continuing downward spiral of economic and social decline in service center communities, and in the rest of the state.
Bureau of Labor Education. University of Maine, "Thinking Outside the Box: The Challenge of Maine's Regional Service Centers" (2002). Bureau of Labor Education. 31.
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