How about sharing the secret plan, LePage?

Gov. Paul LePage laughs during his speach during the Economic Freedom Festival at Fort Knox in Prospect in July 2012.
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Gov. Paul LePage laughs during his speach during the Economic Freedom Festival at Fort Knox in Prospect in July 2012. Buy Photo
Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 4:10 p.m.

Telling a group of Republicans that you are planning to call the Legislature for a special session to enact a secret policy is just not a responsible way to run the state.

If Gov. Paul LePage has a plan that will “push the envelope,” but its constitutionality has not yet been approved by the attorney general, why share anything?

It makes no sense to give partial details and only generates resentment and suspicion. Let people debate the legislative action on its merits instead of creating a giant guessing game.

According to a recording obtained by BDN blogger Mike Tipping, LePage told guests at a Republican-only event Wednesday night in Bangor that he plans to call a special session to pass divisive legislation similar to that in other Republican-led states.

“I can’t wait to call everybody back and get this done. I think we can get this done in about a day, and the Democrats, you think they hate me now? Wow,” he said, according to the recording.

Even before announcing the partisan plan, the governor is giving Democrats ammunition.

Some people might question the anonymous person who secretly recorded LePage’s short speech at the Sea Dog. But if LePage can say something to a room of people about a secret policy issue that will set Maine “on the right track for the next 10 years,” then the public has a right to know about it.

LePage shouldn’t have said anything in the first place — because what happens if the plan isn’t actually constitutional? Or he should have announced exactly what he’s working on.

It’s hard to have a transparent government when the governor says he’s working on something secret. If the currently secret legislative action is such a good idea, why not explain exactly why?

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/16/opinion/how-about-sharing-the-secret-plan-lepage/ printed on July 29, 2014