The Maine Center for Economic Policy recommends investing $100 million over 5 years to beautify downtowns, expand high-speed internet access and improve roads.
via Maine News Archive.
I have to say that this has the best chance of helping Maine’s economy as any other idea.
First of all, the story focuses on the parts of Maine that tourists don’t get to – beyond southern and midcoast Maine. Better roads will allow them to get there from here.
Second, better roads and Internet access will help all businesses and economic development. Even if tourists don’t reach the improved areas, the infrastructure will better support businesses.
The only quibble I have is that cellular phone networks need to be improved too.