Wrong number

By AL DIAMON  |  November 27, 2013

Nevertheless, the media continue to report on whatever he announces as if it were important. Earlier this month, the Lewiston Sun Journal quoted him as saying unemployment would drop to 6 percent by 2016 due to “robust job growth.” On the same day, the Press Herald had him claiming that except for professional and business positions and openings in the leisure and hospitality trades, there’d be job losses in virtually all other sectors for the foreseeable future.

Well, at least one of those assertions is bound to be correct.

After Colgan gave a speech in September warning that unless Maine could attract 60,000 young workers in the next 20 years, the state faced financial disaster, the reaction was something less than panic in the streets. As House GOP leader Ken Fredette told the Bangor Daily, “If we want to reverse the trend of the past few decades, then maybe we should start listening to new economists.”

Colgan’s next round of predictions is due in January. You’ve been warned.

Clarification In last week’s column, I said the Maine Senate was originally composed of two senators from each county. As apportionment expert Kevin Lamoreau pointed out to me, that isn’t strictly true. Over the years before the US Supreme Court’s “One Man, One Vote” ruling in 1964, northern and rural parts of the state often got more representation in the Legislature than their populations entitled them to, thanks to a variety of schemes designed to limit the influence of such odious entities as Democrats and Portlanders. But there was never a rule granting each county two senators.

Got a more accurate crystal ball than Charlie Colgan? Email me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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