Bill Lippincott's parents taught him that if he worked hard, he could achieve whatever goal he set out to accomplish. After graduation from Tufts University in 1973, he came to Maine, working as a teachers aide in an elementary school, as a carpenter, raking blueberries, picking apples, working as a potato harvester as well as doing other farm work, before starting his own book business in 1975. He's run a successful Maine small business for over 40 years, operating a bookshop in Bangor for over 25 years specializing in Maine and the Maine Woods.
He knows the challenges to run a business, but also knows it’s possible to do well. This state has a lot of potential for growth if we invest in quality education, in training for job skills, in making an economy where everyone has a fair, living wage. He wants to bring his experience in finding a way to succeed, overcoming obstacles and working with other people to the Maine Senate.
Bill led an 8 year battle to close a leaking landfill in Hampden, which had been polluting the surrounding groundwater, contaminating neighborhood wells and fouling the air for miles around. Casella Waste Management had the best corporate lawyers and lobbyists in the state, and it would have been understandable to give up. But Bill persisted, and finally in 2006, Casella finally agreed to close the landfill. He worked with people in the community from very different backgrounds and political beliefs who joined together against long odds to achieve a common goal.
I understand what it's like to run a thriving small business. I will help create a healthy and growing Maine economy, a place where our grandchildren can live, earn a good living, and start a new business. We need to keep our young people in Maine and attract the brightest and the best to our state.
Maine is facing a public health crisis; drug overdoses are epidemic in Maine. Addiction is a disease and needs to be treated as such. We need a plan that addresses both prevention and treatment, and we also need to address the underlying conditions that lead to addiction.
Every person in Maine deserves affordable and quality health care, including support for our elders to stay at home or with their families. We need to support small, local hospitals and clinics in rural areas, where a matter of miles may be a matter of life.
The state has shifted too much of the tax burden onto our towns, which forces local communities to raise local property taxes to pay more for roads, education and services. I will fight for much needed property tax relief for Mainers.
Good education and good teachers are the key to the jobs of the 21st Century. We also need affordable vocational education and community colleges to train workers in the skills of the new economy.
We all need clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. Tourists come to our state because Maine is still a special place. Our natural resources are a vital part of the Maine economy: forestry, farming, and fishing need to be sustainable so that they will be part of our grandchildren's future as well as our own.