Maine Voices: Gov. LePage’s perplexing view of nonprofits misleading and untrue

Maine Voices: Gov. LePage’s perplexing view of nonprofits misleading and untrue

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In a recent post-election interview, Gov. LePage stated that Maine nonprofits “don’t pay their share” and that “they are takers, not givers.” This statement is misleading and untrue, and feeds a public perception that’s just not based on the facts.

It also maligns a sector comprised of highly valued organizations such as veterans groups, domestic violence prevention programs, churches, museums and theaters, hospitals, economic development organizations, educational institutions, land trusts, social service agencies, environmental organizations and many others that not only play a significant economic role in Maine, but also enhance our quality of life.

The Maine nonprofit sector contributes 18.9 percent of the state’s gross product, employs more than 84,000 of its residents, pays more than $3.6 billion in wages that support families and businesses throughout Maine and contributes over $10 billion to the Maine economy.

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Portland Press Herald
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