April 24, 2018
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LePage skips governors’ meeting at White House

Pat Wellenbach | AP
Pat Wellenbach | AP
Paul LePage
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A spokeswoman for Gov. Paul LePage says he missed a White House meeting on the final day of the National Governors Association conference to get back to work in his home state.

Spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says LePage left Washington on Monday ahead of the final event of the association’s winter meeting to get home before the end of the business day.

LePage attended Sunday night’s dinner hosted by President Barack Obama; Monday’s session focused on policy discussion with the president. The president urged governors Monday to boost funding for education, something LePage has done with his budget in Maine.

On his proposed welfare cuts, Bennett says LePage isn’t optimistic based on the federal government’s track record that it will go along with some of his proposed Medicaid changes.

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