Presently the governor of Maine has proposed a tax on nonprofits. This would severely impact the private colleges and universities in the state. Per my argument below, this is coming at a time when re-investment in higher education is absolutely essential if we are to develop the adaptive capacity to respond to climate change. Moreover, the state’s public institutions that comprise the University of Maine system are presently in the process of financial meltdown. The U Maine system requires broad scale systematic foundational restructuring if it is to survive.
The blog below provides a plan for a better future for Maine. Leaders in the state are not talking about the kind of foundational change that is needed, and this is my attempt to at least start the conversation. A version of this will appear in the Maine press in the near future. A later installment will detail exactly how a knowledge economy will make money for Maine
This morning a new report from the U Maine Climate Institute was released. This report confirms that natural resources in Maine are under imminent threat from climate change.
A slow motion train wreck is underway in Maine. This collision will play out over the next few decades and leave the state with an increasingly damaged economy and devastated natural resources. An economy with fewer and fewer young workers is running headlong into the effects of climate change on our natural resources. Continue reading “A positive vision for Maine: A knowledge-based adaptation economy”