Politics Then and Now: Former Maine Legislator Peter Mills
Lecture given as part of the Fall 2013 Speaker Series
"Politics Then and Now, In Maine and the Nation."
Event is free and open to the public.
Peter Mills, Republican, served in the Maine Legislature from 1994 to 2010, acting as the Republican leader on the Tax, Labor, Judiciary, and Appropriations, Education, and Health & Human Services Committees. He has been an outspoken advocate for change in our tax and school funding systems and has worked across the aisle to pass bipartisan reforms in health care and education. Since 2011, Mills has served as the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority, having been nominated to the post by Governor Paul LePage.
About the series:
We’ve come a long way since President John F. Kennedy characterized politics as “a noble calling,” to today, when the nation’s political system is routinely described as “dysfunctional” and the political atmosphere in Washington and Augusta as “poisonous.”
Competition and cooperation co-exist in all healthy systems, side by side and sometimes cheek-by-jowel, to advance the system’s purposes. Whether it is a forest ecosystem, the human body, a large bureaucracy, or an economic system, its elements compete for resources to meet their own needs, even as they act to contribute to the survival and persistence of the system itself. Somewhere along the way from the 1960s, the U.S. political system lost sight of this important principle, threatening its public credibility, trust, and purposes.
Each speaker in the series will address these timely and important questions:
- How was politics “played” in earlier times in Maine and the nation? And, how has that changed today?
- How did this come about? What are the implications for the state and the nation of our continuing along this path? And, what will it take to change course?
- What does Maine have to offer the nation in this regard, based on our experience here?