LePage says too much emphasis on threat to veto budget-balancing plan

Gov. Paul LePage
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Gov. Paul LePage
Posted Feb. 11, 2012, at 1:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says too much is being made in the media of his threat to veto a budget-balancing plan adopted by a legislative committee, and not enough about the real problem the budget addresses.

In his weekly radio address, the governor says the emphasis should be on a $221 million shortfall the state faces, and that MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program, is running out of money. LePage says that since 2002, enrollment has risen 78 percent, while Maine’s population has risen 7 percent. He says welfare spending has dramatically increased by $1 billion in the last decade.

LePage says the budget rewrite the Appropriations Committee has embraced contains short-term fixes that ignore out-of-control spending.

In the Democratic response, Rep. Mary Nelson of Falmouth criticizes the governor’s education reform plan.

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