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LePage says situation in Wisconsin could spread to Maine

Posted Feb. 26, 2011, at 1:44 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine could soon be seeing the types of political rallies and rhetoric that Wisconsin has been experiencing as of late.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage said it’s “gotten ugly” in Wisconsin, which has been the site of political deadlock and large rallies after the governor’s proposal to strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

LePage said union rallies are planned in Augusta this week to protest retirement proposals in his budget.

But he said pension checks won’t go down a penny next year under his budget, despite critics’ claims that he is decimating the retirement benefits of current retired state employees.

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