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Businesses coming back to Maine

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Governor Paul LePageGovernor Paul LePage said there is good news for Maine's economy: Businesses are expanding their operations and adding many new jobs in the state. He applauded last week's announcement that Barclaycard will add 100 new jobs by the end of the year at its customer contact center in Wilton.

The governor often says Maine's high tax burden and soaring energy costs create a dismal business environment that causes companies to flee the state. However, Mr. LePage adopted a more positive tone about Maine's business climate in his weekly radio address on Friday, pointing to some of the success stories for Maine's economy.

Irving Forest Products is among other companies bringing job growth in Maine, with its plan to add 60 new jobs and build a sawmill at Nashville Plantation in northern Maine's Aroostook County. Mr. LePage added that several companies, including a beauty company from China and a rug manufacturer from Canada, expressed interest in moving to Maine.

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