Results Champion?: NO
Maine is gifted with an excellent infrastructure, pristine environment, and above average education system. The state has high levels of renewable energy, excellent water quality and low levels of CO2 emissions. Despite middling raking in public health, the state has some of the lowest healthcare costs and rates of uninsured in the nation.
The innovation and prosperity of the economy coupled with the efficiency of the state government are what hold Maine back from better outcomes. Much like other states in the North East, Maine has a relatively stagnant economy, with little new job or firm growth. Although the levels of poverty are average, the state has low median household income. In terms of government, Maine has low outcomes in federal dependency and government spending. While this has not yet affected the state deficit or pension system, long term trends could create a fiscal problem.
Making plans for stimulating the economy of Maine should be the top focus. Innovation and business growth could stimulate the economy and grow the state GDP. In so doing it could remove the need to improve the government spending measures, as GDP would increase and reduce the proportion of GDP spent on government.