Maine’s Park and Welfare Facts

 

Many claims are out there that a proposed second National Park in Maine will be an economic engine that will revitalize the economy, and  get people off of social programs and back working again.

We all have heard the statement about Maine being a welfare state: Source

And the subsequent apology;  Source

But lets think about that for a second – certainly statistics show that Maine has a high number of folks on welfare – the current state of the economy has hit everyone hard.  But, Maine is fortunate enough to have Acadia National Park!!!! A National Park that has created jobs and research and all these wonderful things – certainly it has revitalized and grown the economy in that region and given people employment!!?  Right???   The source of the data below  is MaineOpenGov.org, and states  the percentage of the population of the town using a welfare program -

Lets take a look at the towns in Hancock County that are within the shortest driving distance to Acadia National Park;

Municipality,Sum (Welfare_Program_Percent_Population)
Sullivan,60.5%
Eastbrook,58.0%
Franklin,56.0%
Ellsworth,54.7%
Swans Island,53.5%
Hancock,49.6%
Mariaville,48.4%
Waltham,44.4%
Gouldsboro,42.3%
Winter Harbor,35.8%
Cranberry Isles,34.0%
Southwest Harbor,32.9%
Trenton,32.0%
Lamoine,26.7%
Bar Harbor,23.4%
Tremont,22.9%

And lets pick another county - How about a few towns
in Cumberland for an example;
Municipality,Sum (Welfare_Program_Percent_Population)
South Portland,33.3%
Windham,32.1%
New Gloucester,31.7%
Gray,28.5%
Standish,27.5%
Brunswick,27.0%
Freeport,25.6%
Long Island,24.5%
Peaks Island,24.4%
Gorham,24.0%
Raymond,23.0%
Harpswell,20.2%
Pownal,19.4%
Scarborough,16.3%
Yarmouth,14.4%
North Yarmouth,11.3%
Falmouth,11.1%
Cape Elizabeth,10.3%
Cumberland,8.9%

How do the numbers look to you? Revitalized?  Lots of jobs near Acadia National Park being filled?

Acadia only directly employs 100 permanent and 130 seasonal employees.  See the  Source  of that figure, and most of those are not filled with locals, nor are the surrounding indirect jobs that dry up every fall.  The old Bar Harbor joke is I landed in town and never made enough money to leave.

A ~ 70,000 acre National Park will do nothing for the economy.   There are alternatives and compromises that would.

THINK.

No Park for ME

 

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  2. [...] have claimed that a  National Park will take people off welfare and yet we’ve seen what the Welfare statistics are surrounding Acadia National Park, and that most National Parks do not hire the local [...]

  3. [...] have claimed that a  National Park will take people off welfare and yet we’ve seen what the Welfare statistics are surrounding Acadia National Park, and that most National Parks do not hire the local [...]

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