LePage to discuss jobs, education during State of the State

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.
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Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.
Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage will discuss new initiatives while plugging accomplishments including lower unemployment and workers’ compensation premiums in his first State of the State address.

Job creation, education, energy and domestic violence awareness are among the topics LePage will discuss during his speech at 7 p.m. Tuesday to a joint session of the Legislature and to a statewide audience by electronic media.

Spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says LePage will take a few moments to reflect on accomplishments, many of which she says came despite interference from special interests.

She says the governor reduced government red tape, boosted the education budget and eliminated income taxes on nearly 70,000 working low-income Mainers. Unemployment and workers’ compensation rates also have dropped since he took office a year ago.

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