AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Following the passage of Question 2, which increases taxes to fund public education, Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors says it's clear, "our state's school funding challenges must be addressed."

Two things are clear from the extremely close vote on Question 2,” said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. “First, our state’s school funding challenges must be addressed. Maine’s business community remains committed to working with policy makers to find sustainable and equitable ways to better fund all Maine public schools -- especially those with a higher population of economically disadvantaged students -- while continuing to move Maine’s economy forward. Second, this is hardly a mandate for a tax increase that would punish so many of our state’s small businesses, make Maine less attractive to businesses and professionals, and ultimately be detrimental to Maine’s economy. Education policy is more than a 50-50 proposition -- it is far too important to the success of our people and our economy. We look forward to working with all parties to move this issue forward in the upcoming 128th Legislature.