LePage in Aroostook County for budget workshop

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta. LePage defended his plan to remove 65,000 Mainers from Medicaid coverage.
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Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta. LePage defended his plan to remove 65,000 Mainers from Medicaid coverage.
Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 27, 2011, at 5:03 p.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage was in Aroostook County on Tuesday to attend a public workshop on his supplemental state budget proposal, which includes major cuts in Medicaid.

The workshop in Fort Kent, plus two others this week in Houlton and Presque Isle, were organized by the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging.

LePage planned to listen to people’s concerns and provide facts on his budget proposal, which he said is needed to balance the state budget and trim a program that has grown beyond the state’s means to pay for it. Under his proposal, 65,000 people could lose Medicaid benefits.

The governor said his plan would save Medicaid for 290,000 people. He said he wants to hear concerns from residents and make sure they have all the facts.

The other workshops are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gathering Place, 33 Davis St., Presque Isle, and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Houlton Higher Education Center, Room 109, 18 Military St., Houlton.

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