Hayes for Maine | Independent for Governor

5 Step Plan

Click here to download the PDF version of Terry's Economic Plan for Maine.

We’re known for our work ethic, independence, and common sense. We roll up our sleeves and get to work. We don’t wait around for government to solve our problems, we innovate, collaborate, prioritize, and put a little elbow grease into getting the job done. We also lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors when they need it -- whether that’s helping to stack that last cord of wood or keeping an eye on their place when they’re out of town.

That’s exactly what Maine’s businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofits have been doing for years to help solve our state’s demographic and workforce challenges. Growing Maine’s economy starts with supporting these efforts that are already underway.

From the moment that I am sworn in as Governor, Maine’s entrepreneurs, job creators, educators, and economic and community development professionals will have a partner in the Blaine House. I am a no-nonsense, non-partisan leader who will leverage my position as the state’s chief executive to celebrate their successes, champion their hard work, and collaborate with them to make Maine the best place in the country to work.

My Administration will unite Republicans and Democrats in the Maine Legislature around policy initiatives that include investing in young people who invest in Maine, promoting our institutions of higher learning, boosting worker participation in our economy, engaging Maine’s growing retiree population, and welcoming legal immigrants and skilled labor to our state.

We will also implement many of the data-driven policy recommendations found in the “Making Maine Work” report that was released earlier this year by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Development Foundation, and Educate Maine.

Maine can’t afford another partisan Governor who thinks that he or she knows the one right way to grow Maine’s economy. We also shouldn’t waste time reinventing the wheel or starting from scratch. We deserve better; we deserve a Governor who is beholden only to the Maine people.

As Maine’s only Independent, Clean Elections candidate for Governor, I don’t owe anything to anybody, except to the people of Maine. My administration will hire the best and brightest talent, regardless of their political party or who they voted for in the last election. When I’m Governor, partisan and special interests will no longer block compromise solutions, the trend lines will start to move in the right directions, and we’ll generate better outcomes for Mainers.

I put people over partisanship to solve problems and I ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 6th.

-- Terry


Step One: Support What Is Already Working
We shouldn’t waste time reinventing the wheel or starting from scratch. Growing Maine’s economy starts with supporting what is already working in Maine. Here are just three examples of collaborative efforts already demonstrating success at growing Maine’s economy.

FocusMaine.FocusMaine has identified three industries that show great promise for job growth in Maine: the new food economy in both agriculture and aquaculture, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The group is also working to strengthen the relationships between industry and education in these sectors, and continuing to build Maine's brand as the best place in the world to live and work. FocusMaine believes that their implementation plan will help create 20,000 new trade jobs across the state within 10 years.

FOR/Maine.Conveneved by the Maine Development Foundation, Forest Opportunity Roadmap/Maine (FOR/Maine) is a collaboration between industry, communities, government, education, and non-profits, which have come together to realize the next generation of Maine’s great forest economy. Their top line goal is to revitalize Maine’s forests products industry so that it will contribute $12B in economic activity annually by 2025.

MaineSpark.MaineSpark is a 10-year commitment from Maine’s most influential education and business leaders to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive. MaineSpark organizations connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy. The stated goal is to have 60% of Maine adults with a degree or certificate of value by 2025.

Step Two: An Economic Development Plan For Maine
Maine needs a focused, clear, data-driven, statewide, long-range strategic plan for economic development. Prosperity will not happen by accident. Our state must become a reliable partner in pursuit of economic development opportunities for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and potential employees, including those already here in Maine, as well as across the country and around the world.

An important first step will be to embrace the recently released "Making Maine Work" report, which was developed through a collaboration between the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Maine Development Foundation, and Educate Maine.

The Hayes Administration will also work with the Legislature to support the Maine Economic Growth Council and other key stakeholders to develop a non-partisan long-range economic development plan that has buy-in from business leaders, regional and local economic development professionals, and most importantly, from Maine people.

If Maine is to be both a great place to live and a great place to make a living, we need a strategy and a plan to make it so. The state’s long-range plan will:

  • Build on our assets and strengths and avoid fragmented and scattershot strategies that ignore the impact on our natural resources and rural character;

  • Take into account regional challenges and opportunities, recognizing that not all places in Maine will benefit from the same strategies;

  • Focus our university system’s research, innovation, and workforce and economic development efforts;

  • Align the state’s tax code with our twenty-first century economy so that individuals, families, and businesses contribute fairly and benefit proportionally;

  • Allow our towns, cities, schools, and local and regional development agencies to work within their communities knowing where they fit into the overall state strategy and to plan proactively and for the long term;

  • Complement and coordinate with the efforts of Maine businesses and entrepreneurs; and,

  • Be a cohesive and consistent vision, with measurable long-term goals and priorities, to optimize return on public investments, guide resource allocation, and ensure that our policy priorities move us toward the agreed upon goals.

Step Three: Implement Maine’s Plan
Implementing Maine’s economic development plan will be the responsibility of everyone in state government. Governor Hayes will make sure that everyone knows that they are a part of something bigger than themselves and that Maine’s success depends on all of our contributions.

Partisan fighting is petty, and it’s downright reckless when considering Maine’s demographic and economic challenges. Governor Hayes will not engage in partisan fighting or keeping score, and she will successfully break the cycle of partisan fighting and gridlock in Augusta that has held Maine back.

Step Four: Measure Projects, Make Adjustments
In 1993, Maine lawmakers created the nonpartisan Maine Economic Growth Council to develop a long-term economic development plan for our state. The 19 members of the Council are jointly appointed by Maine’s Governor, Speaker of the House, and President of the Senate, and they represent a variety of economic sectors across our state.

This is the 24th year that the Council has produced its annual report entitled “Measures of Growth,” which is the state’s taxpayer-funded blueprint to grow Maine’s economy and improve the quality of life for all Maine people. Typically, this report has been printed and placed on shelves, left to collect dust.

In 2012, while serving in the Maine House, Terry started the Measures of Growth Caucus and brought together Republican, Democratic, and independent lawmakers to review data, discuss challenges and opportunities, and build consensus around focus areas and policy priorities.

Terry Hayes will be Maine’s “Measures of Growth” Governor, committed to bringing together Republicans, Democrats, and independents to use data to guide our policy work.

Maine’s economic development plan will include provisions in statute for evaluating progress against predetermined benchmarks and goals. This is critical, so that adjustments can be made as necessary to ensure that every public and private dollar expended to grow Maine’s economy has the greatest return on investment.

Step Five: Transition To The Next Administration
Republicans and Democrats twice elected Terry Hayes to serve as Maine’s first independent State Treasurer. As State Treasurer, Terry has worked with a Republican administration and lawmakers in both parties to help put Maine’s fiscal house in order. She has consistently risen above the partisan fray to manage $14 billion in annual transactions on behalf of Maine’s taxpayers.

Governing, when done well, is a shared responsibility and a collaborative exercise. Collaboration is critical to the long-term success of public policy that generates better outcomes and survives future legislatures and administrations. How we do things matters.

Terry learned this truth through life experiences as State Treasurer, a State Representative, school board member, teacher, guardian, and the owner of two successful small businesses.

The focused, clear, data-driven, statewide, long-range strategic plan for economic development that is developed during the Hayes Administration and has buy-in from people across the state and the political spectrum will become Maine’s plan over time.

It won’t matter who gets the credit. What matters is generating better outcomes for Maine. Governor Hayes will gladly work with her successor to ensure a smooth transition.


This election is an opportunity for us to acknowledge that no one group of people in the state of Maine has all the right answers. Problems aren’t partisan, solutions shouldn’t be either.

I’m running for Governor to offer you a different choice – the better choice of an experienced, independent, and collaborative problem-solver who is beholden only to you, the Maine people, and not to party leaders, special interests, or wealthy campaign contributors.

If we can get it right when it comes to community, the environment, and the economy, then we’ll have a place where our children can stay, work, and raise their families. The path is lit for us, we just have to decide to walk it.

I’m Terry Hayes, and I ask for your vote for Governor on Nov. 6th. Together, we can do this better. Let’s get to it!

-- Terry


I would like to thank the thousands of employers and employees across Maine who have invited me into their places of business and helped me to see Maine’s challenges and opportunities through their eyes. You’ve shared with me your hopes, concerns, and new information that will help me to be a better Governor for our state. Here are just some of the many businesses, educational institutions, economic development organizations, and non-profit organizations that have helped to shape my perspective on how we can do this better, together.

11 Central, Bangor
AARP Maine, Portland
Agriculture Council of Maine, Augusta
Agriculture Policy Working Group, Winslow
Alfond Youth Center, Waterville
Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services, Augusta
Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville
Aroostook Aspirations, Presque Isle
Associated General Contractors of Maine, Augusta
Bangor Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bangor
Barclay's, Wilton
Bates College, Lewiston
Baxter Brewing, Lewiston
Biddeford-Saco Rotary, Biddeford
Black Mountain Ski Resort, Rumford
Bowdoin College, Brunswick
Canuvo, Biddeford
Cape Elizabeth High School, Cape Elizabeth
Cape Seafood, LLC, Saco
Cates Reality, Rockland
CEI, Brunswick
Cianbro, Pittsfield
CIEE, Portland
Circle B Farms, Caribou
Cirrus, Saco
Citizens Climate Lobby, Portland
Colby College, Waterville
Community Health Options, Lewiston
ConnectME Authority, Augusta
Dirigo High School, Dixfield
Downtown Businesses, Bangor
Downtown Businesses, Belfast
Downtown Businesses, Brunswick
Downtown Businesses, Eastport
Downtown Businesses, Farmington
Downtown Businesses, Houlton
Downtown Businesses, Lewiston
Downtown Businesses, Millinocket
Downtown Businesses, Rockland
Downtown Businesses, Rumford
Downtown Businesses, Saco
Downtown Businesses, Skowhegan
Downtown Businesses, Topsham
Downtown Businesses, Waterville
East Brown Cow, Portland
Eaton Peabody, Bangor
Educare, Westbrook
Educate Maine, Portland
Elders for Future Generations, Portland
Ellsworth Chamber, Ellsworth
F3 Manufacturing, Waterville
FocusMaine, Augusta
FOR/Maine, Augusta
Foxcroft Academy, Dover-Foxcroft
Geiger, Lewiston
Globe Footware, Auburn
Hardwood Products, Guilford
Houlton Rotary, Houlton
Industrial Energy Consumer Group, Augusta
International Association of Machinists, Lisbon Falls
Island Institute, Rockland
Jackson Labs, Bar Harbor
L.A.W. Calibration, Biddeford
Ledgeview Assisted Living, Cumberland
Lewiston Auburn Chamber of Commerce, Lewiston
Libra Foundation, Portland
Maine & Co., Portland
Maine Association for Realtors, Augusta
Maine Association of Retirees, Farmingdale
Maine Audubon, Falmouth
Maine Children's Alliance, Augusta
Maine Children's Alliance, Portland
Maine Cold Case Alliance, Augusta
Maine Fishermen’s Forum, Bath
Maine Forest Products Council, Augusta
Maine Girls' Academy, Portland
Maine Medical Association, Augusta
Maine Municipal Association, Augusta
Maine Potato Board, Presque Isle
Maine Public Health Association, Augusta
Maine Renewable Energy Association, Augusta
Maine Seacoast Mission, Bar Harbor
Maine Veterans Homes, Scarborough
MaineHealth, Portland
MANP, Portland
Manufacturing Association of Maine, Portland
Mayo Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft
Mayo Mill Complex, Dover-Foxcroft
MDI Biological Lab, Bar Harbor
MEMIC, Portland
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, Waterville
Mount Blue High School, Mt. Blue
Mountain Valley High School, Rumford
Oxford Hills High School, South Paris
Penobscot River Educational Partnership, Orono
Pepperell Center, Biddeford
Philanthropic Educational Organization, Bangor
Pineland Farms Potato Company, Mars Hill
Recovery House, Lewiston
Ron's Market, Farmington
Saco Biddeford Chamber of Commerce, Saco
Saco Sports and Fitness, Saco
Sanford High School & Technical Center, Sanford
Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council, Sanford
Sanford-Springvale Rotary, Sanford
Sebago Region Rotary Club, Windham
Skowhegan Middle School, Skowhegan
SMCC, South Portland
Sterling Rope, Biddeford
Texas Instruments, South Portland
The Trust for Public Land, Portland
Think Local, Augusta
Thomas College, Waterville
Trafton Senior Center, Sanford
Tree Street Youth, Lewiston
United Technologies Center, Bangor
United Way of Greater Portland, Portland
University of Maine System, Bangor
University of Maine, Presque Isle
University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Orono
Unum, Portland
Verrill Dana, Portland
Vets First Choice, Portland
Waterville Rotary, Waterville
Wells Wood Turning, Buckfield
WEX, South Portland
YMCA, Auburn
York Rotary, York
Zoots, Camden