Comments for: Ex-Baldacci staff say LePage decision to quit governor’s association could isolate Maine

Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 03, 2012, at 6:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to stop paying membership dues to the National Governors Association threatens to shut Maine out of national policy discussions and isolate the state from opportunities, according to two high-ranking members of former Gov. John Baldacci’s administration. In explaining his decision, LePage cited the …

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  • StillRelaxin

    “As long as you know how to get it.”  On this point alone it has to be said that Paulie probably has made a good decision here.  Best to wait until 2014 and let someone “who knows how” spend that money to get something to help rebuild Maine from the downturn we’ve found ourselves in under our current GOP/Tea Party mismanagement.

    • Anonymous

      Laughable ! Unless of course you’re one of the entitlement crowd. Let’s rebuild Maine back to the unsustainable level.

      • The Entitlement Crowd is a club that comes from paying your “BILLs” and “Taxes” and expecting something in return!

        The Tea Party Mindset is Bashing those good honest people in an ignorant   something for nothing mindset !

        • Anonymous

          You’re partially right for once Dilbert, they pay taxes and want double their money back.
          Most likely a good idea for you to leave ” ignorant” out of you’re next conversation.

          • Anonymous

            I want the rich to invest dollars to create new business. I want the rich to buy Corporations. I want a job from them, not handouts from the government! Why do people think the government needs to support them. I’m ok with the rich, I’m ok with tax breaks. I’m not ok with people expecting that the government should fund every disease and human condition through welfare programs. As a middle class tax payer I’m tired of paying for the poor. I’m tired of the argument that the wealthy should pay more. I’m sick and tired of entitlement attitude. As Reagan put it; Democracy fails when the government begins protecting us from ourselves. Wake up people, yo keep giving the government more and more power and control. Go back to solving our problems within our communites

        • Anonymous

          had to wear my hip boots to read your disertation of pablum.  The Tea Party is Americans for America and all you can do is be negative.  do libs really keep their heads in the john?

          • I’m not a lib!

          • Anonymous

            The rest of us would be hard pressed to agree with that statement after all your posts… That’d be like me trying to get you to believe “I’m not an Entrepreneur, never was, nor ever will be”.

          • Anonymous

            Tom when you were deciding to add more employees was it because the government gave you a tax cut or was it because you needed to do it to provide better customer service?

          • Anonymous

            “Economic Development is not best served by an increase in incentives; but by a decrease in impediments”. Dr. Peter Senge, THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE.

            Government was my largest competitor, not my supporter, for forty years!

            Having said that, all we try to do is follow the tax rules that are given us by Congress. I’ll let the bankers, realtors, hedge fund managers and non-profits wade into those weeds.

            If I were still in business, under this Administration, I too would sit on any spare cash I could generate and wait for Better Times to invest and grow. With up to 50% of my Income going to taxes at one level or another, I avoided a “profit” at every turn and gave much of it to charity instead!

            And, yes, I DID grow my business completely without Government “help” unlike the NOBAMA’s Marxist approach so small businesses.

          • Anonymous

            so who cares.  we are all Americans and that is what counts.

          • The Tea Party is a group of anarchist looking for a free ride!

            They can’t even come up with their own name as they had to steal it from an American History Event! 

          • Anonymous

            Free Ride NOT>   they are trying to STOP the CHEATERS FREE RIDES…………….who cares where names originate.  if that is all you can spout then you have had too much of Michelles Bad foods that dull the mind.

          • Anonymous

            This sounds just like the “Know Nothing” party of the 1850’s.A time I’m sure many tea partiers would love to relive!Oh, I forgot, the current r’s are the party of ” no… nothing” when it come to helping to creat jobs for the poor, and middle class but are all for making sure the corporations and the rich get richer! 270 plus fillibusters in the senate made sure thaqt nothing got done.Even recently making sure a bill to help vets find work couldn’t even be brought to the floor.The tea party is America for some Americans only!

          • Anonymous

            The Tea Party people care deeply about America and it is sad you cannot see the good through the fog of slanted lies.  You all, meaning Dems, spout the SOS about corporations and money and wealthy people.  Remember, those corporations provied employement and often insurance..  DO NOT EVER blame the Republicans about lack of help for our Veterans. and THE TEA PARTY is for ALL AMERICANS> 

          • Guest

            No it’s the party of the rich and ridiculous and those who believe the sky is falling and that the poor are taking what should be theirs.

        • Anonymous

          If you expect a ‘return’ on your taxes, as though they were an investment, why would you add the middle-man of government into the mix?  What you are saying is basically akin to choosing the mutual fund with the highest expense ratio, simply because it is just how it’s ‘always been done’, even though you are getting hosed on your investment.

          • I hate to tell you but Social Security is Akin to an Insurance Disability Policy .

            One that actually Pays out a Benefit rather than a False promise clouded with loopholes and escape clauses!

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps, but it’s been raided by Congress over and over, pays benefits to folks it was never intended to support, and earns next to nothing as a return.

            No, I’d prefer to invest my own SS payments, balance those investments based on my own research, and live with the consequences.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is a reckless attention-hound, who uses divisive tactics to distract us from the damage his administration is inflicting on this State.  For instance, DHHS recently let a nursing home close in Calais, which lost the town 92 jobs, and left the nursing home residents wondering where they would end up, and how far away they would be from family.

    The slash and burn mentality is having real negative consequences.

    • Anonymous

       The damage was done to the state LONG before Gov. LePage was elected. The damage started with the last term of McKernan and continued for the next sixteen  years. I for one feel Gov. LePage is working for all the people of Maine and not just following party line and working for a select few. As a retired state employee, some of Gov. LePage decisions has taken money directly out of my pocket. But he making decisions the other Gov. just kicked down the road. Right or wrong he is at least making decisions. That’s more then we can say about the last two. Gov.

      • Anonymous

        and he is making decisions that require courage to make. courage has been lacking in the Blaine House for a long time

        • Anonymous

           And is it just a coincidence, then, that his decisions are exactly the ones that his friends at ALEC would have him make?

          Toeing the line for out-of-state corporations — I don’t call that courage.  I call that selfishness.  It doesn’t get more callous than that.

          • Anonymous

            You forgot to get “Koch brothers” into there.
            You’re welcome.

          • Anonymous

            And Bush.

            Don’t forget to get a “it was Bushs fault” in there.

        • castinem8

          It is easy to pander. These are not decisions that require courage. They are wrong-headed in their their concept and execution.
          he “wasn’t getting anything out of it.”
          Because he wasn’t putting anything into it. Not the Maine way to quit!

        •  You mean like the “tough” education decisions he is making that are lining the pockets of campaign contributors? The man gets a chubby every time hears the word “privatize” because he knows he can make his rich friends even more rich.

          • Anonymous

            no. i mean like reforming Mainecare so out-of-staters can’t cross the state line, stop and get a Maine ID then go directly to a DHS office and walk out with benefits. THAT was going on for years and LePage put a stop to it. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes he will continue to make alot of decisions but he will never create jobs, bring business to Maine, or make life better for the majority of the people of Maine.  His lies and his hate will continue to haunt him. He’s never been open to any ideas but his own. With his closed mind it is just as well that he pulled out and saved the State 60 grand, the rest of the Country’s Governors have nothing to offer him. He’s a miserable man.

      • Anonymous

         Well, he sure as hell ain’t working for the employees and  residents of the nursing home in Calais.

      • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Nursing homes all across the country are Closing.  Calais is no different.  Insurance is the reason.  at least one major reason.   If the liberals had Not spent so much then maybe this country would not be in such financial distress.

      • Anonymous

        Just go back to the Bush administration to see who took us from a surplus to a deficit!Who created this financial distress???

        • Anonymous

          A Democrat Congress… that’s who!

          Presidents don’t pass Budgets, Congress does.

          In NoBama’s case, his Budgets can’t generate any votes at all in Congress.

        • Anonymous

          You are placing you blame in the wrong administration.  It is the Obama administration that is accountable for a failing economy.  No balanced budget in the time he is president says plenty. We were fed lies  and Congress did NOT do its job.  Resulting in millions of innocent Americans feeling the pain,  in the wallet. 

        • Anonymous

          how much has Obama run up in 4 years compared to Bush’s 8 years?

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          I AM EDUCATED Sprucie.  You Betcha.  I went to you BDN site and read the Usual slanted report about the Calais nursing home, and the nursing homes all across the country are doing all they can to keep the places running.  In this case,  the insurance was far too much.  I personally have friends who moved to Fl. when the Calais home closed.  One of them was living in that home.  If you read about the Calais nursing home closing in Ellsworth American, you get a Different view.  That is the view I Trust.

      • Briney

        Like the two trillion for Iraq?

        • Anonymous

          And how much has this administration spent on entertainment alone?  Why is the budget NOT passed?   Do Not put blame on the Republicans.  That just does not add up. 

    • jimbobhol

      The Calais nursing home was a private business that closed. 

    • Anonymous

      Spruce, we get it, we get it!! YOUR FEELINGS HAVE BEEN HURT, we get it!! My lord, how many times are you going to tell us that, in how many different posts about how many different articles???Your feelings have been hurt.
       Spruce, listen: we get it.

    • Anonymous

      Did DHHS run the nursing home ? Isn’t the decision to close a business that of it’s owners ? Please explain how DHHS is the guilty party here.  Or just shut up !

    • Anonymous

      your support for the ideology of the previous administration is why Maine is where we are today….pretty simple…
      LePage is not in the Nursing Home business, and if you ran a business like that nursing home did, you’d be out of a job too…It takes quite a skill not to be able to make a nursing home be successful….like seeing a MacDonals franchise go under, you dont see it, except in cases of business incompetance

    • Anonymous

      Spruce Sweller; You just can’t let that Nursing Home thing go can you?  Well, if that’s all you have to go on so be it.  Your profile name should be NarrowMinded

      • Anonymous

        People suffer and yet you don’t care.  You make Republicans look heartless. 

        • Briney

          Romney and Ryan have two major goals – if elected:  Cut Social Security and disembowel Medicare.

          These stalwarts who pinch pennies for the poor, the elderly and  disabled, suffer from disconnect.   The inability to understand and tolerate people not born with silver spoons in their mouths.  

          The republican party is not the party it once was.  It is now a radical right wing collection of money worshippers.  Even their silver dollars hold an empty and heartless clang. 

          • Anonymous

            You are getting erroneous facts from ?  Romney and Ryan do not have goals as you state that would cut SS and desembowel Medicare.  The Democrat party has changed and become an ego driven bunch of know it alls. 

    •  You used that same post yesterday and the day before and the day before and the day before and the day before and the day before…………………………………………

    • Anonymous

      When the money runs out it runs out. If you’re concerned about the Seniors and the 92 people unemployed raise money to help them out. It is’t the government’s job to pay for the people!!

      • Anonymous

        Translation:  if people suffer we can’t do anything about it, because profit is more important. 

        Oh, try to show some sympathy, instead of appearing like a heartless bureaucrat

        http://bangordailynews.com/2012/07/10/news/down-east/next-step-in-restoring-nursing-home-care-to-calais-is-exploring-options/

        • Anonymous

          I”ve shown sympathy for 30 years! I pay my taxes, I help in te community, I even work with people who have human conditions that supposedly make them eligile for assistance. I’ve dedicated my life to helping. I”m tired!  I’m tired of paying for people to abuse the system, I”m tired of paying for people who convey entitlement. I’m tired of paying my taxes and getting little return. I’m tired of paying SS taxes and private retirement. I don’t have solutions, but something has to change in this State and the country. Hooray for LePage trying something new and pitty on those who suppor doing the same thing, knowing it doesn’t work. 

          • Anonymous

            The 92 people who lost their job in Calais weren’t abusing the system.  The elderly residents of the  nursing home weren’t abusing the system.  The town of Calais, now suffering an economic blow of heavy proportion, wasn’t abusing the system.  

            Again, where is your empathy?  And why can’t you see the damage caused by the greed of the  nursing home corporation?

            Why do you want to cut Social Security benefits for the elderly. Haven’t they worked all their lives?

            You’re misguided and jaded. Greed is the real enemy.

            Bye

          • Anonymous

            I have to pay for their benefits and benefits that I will not have.  How is that fair? I recognize that they worked their lives, but why does the non0baby boomer generation have to pay and be left with nothing?

            All I”m saying is stop looking at the government for the answers, for the funding. People like you seem to think that anyone that makes money and doesn’t contribute to your cause is greedy. Socliast view of the world! We can all drive little VWs, get our emdical care from the government, and be protected from ourselves…….

        • Anonymous

          Get over yourself.  Please read another news source. 

  • Anonymous

    When will these people comprehend that this state was snatched from the brink of the insolvancy that was created by the former failed King and Baldacci administrations. 
    It’s not business as usual.
    In the current administration, 2 + 2 actually does equal 4

    • “LePage decision on governor’s association could rob state of opportunities”

      Thats what Republicnas do!

      Rob the The People of the State!

      The State isn’t Broke,  We have Just Been ROBBED! 

      • Anonymous

        Robbed by the liberal left who were in office before Gov. LePage. 

      • Anonymous

        the state was robbed by king and his windfarm and apple laptop scam, and again by  baldacci and his liquor contract scheme.
        add to that the immense amount of welfare and social programs that were instituted during their reign, and you had a perfect recipe for bankruptcy.
        ask yourself this.
        baldacci’s regime was during an economic boom, and he managed to run us into the ground.
        and now we’re feeling the effects of decades democratic and liberals policies and spending.

        • Anonymous

          Your record is stuck!  Is that all you got?

          • Anonymous

            do you have any insights to contribute or are you merely trolling?

      • Anonymous

        You would seriously take advice from anyone associated with the Baldacci administration? The only ones who feel like they are being “robbed” are the people who’s 5 years of welfare just ran out, and that’s just because they thought it would last forever.

        • ? Two Faced Slumlords included?

    • Anonymous

      > this state was snatched from the brink of the insolvancy 

      Not yet, 

      TODAY’S HEADLINE:

      LePage faces structural budget gap of $756 million without cuts, more revenue

      AUGUSTA, Maine — State spending will exceed revenue by $756 million over the course of the next two-year budget cycle, according to a recent analysis

      http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/02/politics/lepage-faces-structural-budget-gap-of-756-million-without-cuts-more-revenue/

      Why hasn’t two years of the State’s finances controlled by his Party been enough time for Pauly, too ?

      If Obama was excepted to fix the worse economic crisis , which was clearly, really, caused, by those that left him a wet deck,  so HE got a GOTea Party Congress,  why shouldn’t LePage be held to the TEA people’s own expectations and  standards ?

      Well, I’m all for it  because people who can’t compromise on taxes  because of some bs, partisan oath, can’t ever  solve the problems of the failed conservative economic policies, by just going back to the pre-tax cuts for wealthy tax rates, just like when the budget WAS BALANCED !

      To nailed down my point, just one question about the conservative’s tax cuts:

      WHERE ARE ALL THOSE JOBS THAT THE “JOB CREATORS” WERE TO HAVE CREATED WITH THEIR TAX SAVINGS ?

      Anyone can see the conservative economic polities… the theory…. has failed, 
      if denial of reality and partisan double standards are are not your only basis of reckoning.

      The conservative economic has failed.
      If not why aren’t there jobs and a balance budget, yet ?

      THEN, how is “no compromise” going to fix the failed theory ?

      Face it.

      • Anonymous

        Thank god LePage is in there with a 756 million dollar gap and not FatBoy Cutler.

        Mr. frumpy-pants Cutler would have jacked our taxes, securitized the revenues, and used it as collateral to sell our souls to China

        At least with LePage in there, we can expect an actual solution and not a bunch of feel-good lies and kicking the can down the road.  I know that’s a hard concept for most baby boomers, as passing your problems on to the next generation will be the outstanding legacy you leave behind…pitiful 

        • Anonymous

          LePage tax cuts = structural gap = less $ for schools, health care and towns

          http://pollways.bangordailynews.com/2012/10/02/maine-politics/lepage-tax-cuts-structural-gap-less-for-schools-health-care-and-towns/

          Denial of reality is not good politics.

          • Anonymous

            is that fuzzy math or goofy politics….maybe both….

          • Anonymous

            BINGO !

          • Anonymous

            the truth hurts but someone has to correct the over spending of the previous governors.  also suggest you read about Maine politics is other news sources that are not so slanted to the left.  That way you can see the real picture.

        • Anonymous

          Best post of the day. 

        • Anonymous

           Please name one “actual solution” LePage has put forth … and how it benefitted Maine people!

      • Anonymous

        Structural gap in 2010 1.17 BILLION…Structural Gap $756 Million…This administration is heading in the right direction and you cant stand success……

      • Anonymous

        WHERE ARE ALL THOSE JOBS THAT THE “JOB CREATORS” WERE TO HAVE CREATED WITH THEIR TAX SAVINGS ?

        Since so many (apparently) have sworn their determination to return the Democrats to power and go back to ruinous business-as-usual at the first opportunity, would-be job creators may be fighting shy. In other words, the problem may not be LePage, but you.

        • Anonymous

          Wow, that “logic”, your spin on the failed conservative economic policies,  makes me almost as dizzy as you must be. 

        • Anonymous

          So “I would hire people, but Democrats might be charge someday.”  That’s what you think the logic is?

          On the presidential level, many more jobs have been created under Democrats than Republicans since the early 1960’s.  Almost double, in fact.

          • Anonymous

            Where do you get your facts about more jobs being created under the Democrats and Reps. since the early 60’s?   And does that include the current administration in DC?

          • Anonymous

            http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/sep/06/bill-clinton/bill-clinton-says-democratic-presidents-top-republ/

            and yes, it includes President Obama, who has been a net job creator dispite the huge losses in his first 6 months.

          • Get your head out of your rear crevice and you wouldn’t have to ask.

          • Anonymous

            vulgar replies show lack of intelligence.  The current administration in DC has Failed.  Period. Time to start with new.  Someone who will be a leader and who has a knowledge of economics and can also meet with other world leaders instead of appearing on tv talk shows.  How much do you think the dollar is worth today?  That pretty much sums it up.

          • Anonymous

            See, now your just reaching.  Inflation is historically low, so the worth of the dollar is not our problem.  Overly strong dollars are bad for exports, anyway and if we are going to get the economy back in gear, we have to sell to the rest of the world (not ship our jobs over there, like our friend Romney and his “knowledge of economics” has done in his career.  Also, Romney’s trip overseas was a rolling disaster. 

          • Anonymous

            THen you best ask everyone you know IF they are better off financially today than when Obama took office…………… everyone I know, rich, middle class and poor,    all say WORSE FINANCIAL WOES>
            I am not reaching.  How much do you think our dollar is actually worth?  Too many jump on the bandwagon of liberal rant against Romney.  I prefer to have Romney at the helm as he has proven he knows economics and he will also Not apologize to other leaders for our country.

            and.  Romney attends church with his family.  Obama does Not.  I don’t know about you but I dislike my taxes paying for the President to jet to NYC to be on tv shows.  In this economy that is a dissgting waste of Our money.  Google NYS Port Authority and you will find the figures of cost of his and Michelle’s trips.

            Driving past houses sitting empty and now in neglect is a constant reminder that those were once homes filled with loving families.  This has all been happening since Obama became president.
            But it is okay that Pelosi used our taxes to jet her and her friends and buy booze for their flights back and forth from DC to CA.  That is a slap to every tax paying citizen and she should be made to pay it back.

            China is not to be trusted in its exports.  have you ever seen a dog die from the poison that often appears in the ingredients in dog treats from China?  It is horrible.  Time for USA to get jobs going here to EXPORT goods.  that will mean getting Unions to stop the greed.

            ETC.

          • Anonymous

            Cite?

          • Anonymous
          • Anonymous

            Thanks: I can’t refute Politifact’s analysis, but I think the numbers they’re using may be suspect. Anyone who remembers the Carter years will surely raise an eyebrow at ‘nine million private sector jobs being added’ during his term. However ‘jobs added’ was calculated, it can’t have had a lot to do with the real world.

      • Anonymous

        Mitt, The jobs problem isn’t the covservatives in Augusta.  It’s the liberals in the White House.

        • Anonymous

          President Obama has been a net job creator.  He did not fill in the giant hole left behind fast enough for you, I get that.

          We were losing 900,000 jobs a month when he took office.  Conservatives were in the White House.  900,000 a month.  Thats more jobs than exist in the entire state of Maine…in one month.  Conservatives in the White House.

          • Anonymous

            But why is it acceptable for Obama’s senators to toss our tax money away on flights and parties?

          • Anonymous

            The unemployment rate was about 8.5% when Obama took over. Four years later it’s still 8.5%. Bush did a lousy job..yes. But your man in the WH has tripled the deficit and has not been a job creator.

            bradygirl2 wrote, in response to libsux:

            President Obama has been a net job creator. He did not fill in the giant hole left behind fast enough for you, I get that.
            We were losing 900,000 jobs a month when he took office. Conservatives were in the White House. 900,000 a month. Thats more jobs than exist in the entire state of Maine…in one month. Conservatives in the White House.
            Link to comment

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what any of Baldacci’s former staff think!!

    • Anonymous

      I DO. Recall that the Univ. of Maine System hired seven of them as top System officials save for one who was hired by Orono (and later left to join former Pres. Kennedy in Conn.), some without any searches and others despite not being ranked highly in searches and one who has only a high school diploma. Obviously a different context here, but Baldacci’s former staff still exert enormous power, and little of it–esp. in higher ed–for positive purposes. 

      • Anonymous

        Well played, bunyan.

    • Anonymous

       But wait, what about all the great ideas they had while Baldacci was in office. OH! Wait I forgot, they didn’t have any. But now they know how to run the state correctly.

  • Anonymous

     how dire things were and to formulate a strategy to convince senators to support the recovery act.”
    This ruined Maine

  • RJ

    The editor:  “Look people, our circulation #’s & credibility are going into the toilet.  What can we do?”
    Staffer:  “I know, Chief, let’s put the name ‘Lepage’ into every story!”

    • Anonymous

      Best post ever man

  • Anonymous

    Message to Lee Umphrey and David Farmer.    Times in this country have changed since you were employed by the State of Maine.  Thanks to the Big Spenders before Gov. LePage took office, he Now has the unpleasant task of eliminating spending  in all parts of the Maine Govt.  in order to get the state back to a healthy financial way.  This is the time to stop the bipartisinship and try to work together for a common cause.  In other words, put egos aside.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

    • Briney

      True to form -“…stop the bipartisanship.”  But – “work together…” 

      Are you helping Mitt with some of his scripts? 

      • Anonymous

        Pick and pick away. we are all entitled to our opinions.

        • Briney

          Are you aware of what you said?  

          I plain lingo – you said cut out the team work and work together. 

          Get it – pick a pick?

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, I sure did not mean that.  I meant to work together,  my phone rang and kept typing,  now I see that is a big NO NO.  so seriously, Thanks for finding the faux pax.

          • Briney

            “I meant…”   Are you sure that’s what you meant?  Or, do you need a day or two to think about it?

  • Anonymous

    “baldacci administration”

    That says it all.

  • Anonymous

    I understand that Mr. LePage has said he’ll attend the January meeting because President Obama will be there.

    Apparently Mr. LePage expects President Obama to be reelected?????

    • It maybe he is not as dumb as we think!

      LOL

    • Anonymous

      No, I doubt LePage expects Obama to be re-elected, he just wants to tell him personally “Don’t let the door hit you on your way out”.

  • Anonymous

    Great let’s save $60K to potentially lost more, in the long run. Gov, that huge thing behind the tree you see; they call that a forest.

    • Anonymous

      possible, perhaps, maybe, could, might. etc.

      It’s time we get out of Globalism.

  • Anonymous

    As stated the room is full of lobbist trying to get governors to sell their people short.. . Good move and thank you Paul.

  • Anonymous

    We are now living through all the “improvements and overarching value” recieved.

  • Anonymous

     let  those people want to pony up the money to pay for it

  • Anonymous

    60 grand to talk to 49 other people. or 56 other people? i forget.what a waste, you the man.Thanks guvna

  • Anonymous

    Oh great, David Farmer gets yet another BDN forum to rant (beyond his column and the frequent campaign quotes)…just what we needed.

  • Anonymous

    When the guv says he gets nothing out of meeting with other governors at NGA sessions he should be taken at his word. Anyone who’s followed this man’s trail as resident of the Blaine House knows he gets very little – period.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, LePage needed to put that $60k toward a salary for another of his family members! He’s just trying to get Maine’s unemployment numbers down, jeez!

  • Anonymous

    I sure hope someone offers Adrienne Bennett a great job after LePage is out of business.  She has spent more time cleaning up after his gaffes than she probably bargained for. LePage just loves to spew out those zingers that endear him to voters. He’s given the opposition so many sound bites that it’s gonna be hard to select the best ones to use against him when he’s up for re-election. My advice to the GOP is to pressure LePage not to run again. Ah well. You have a couple of years to get him to see his agenda is neither good for Maine nor his own party.

    • Anonymous

      Get over it, watch out for the political correctness police. I don’t care what he says or he says it so long a produces results.

  • JohnR

    LiarPage is doing nothing new here there are articles going back to 2010 about Republicans. The Republicans already have their marching orders from the Koch’s, AFP, and the Heritage Foundation so they really don’t need any new “marching orders”.
    After all the NGA is about environmental concerns of which Republicans have……..NONE.

     http://whereweblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/26/some-governors-say-nga-dues-not-worth-it-rell-spends-on-dues-doesnt-go/
    Some Governors Say NGA Dues Not Worth It; Rell Spends on Dues, Doesn’t Go

    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2011/06/a_few_days_ago_i.html
    Texas Is Not Paying Dues to National Governor’s Group, Either

    • Anonymous

      Johnny, you left out ALEC…

  • Anonymous

    Baldacci folks are the source for this story? And it’s anti-Lepage?   That’s kind of Like Shaws telling you Hannaford sells spoiled food.   Not exactly unbiased sources.

  • Anonymous

    Ex Baldacci staff…….do we care what they have to say? 

  • Anonymous

    Dump the Federal Government.
     Anyone under 27 can live off their parents and not tax payers.
    Tax drug dealers.
    Change the tax system the more you earn the more you pay, the less tax shelters you get.
    Close the schools in the winter, make the kids grow their “hot lunch foods”, maybe just close the schools, since everyone has a computer, give ‘home schooling” a new meaning.
    Make it cheaper and easier to start a home business, maybe if parents spent more time with their kids they’d get in less trouble.
     Employers make it easier for people to work at home.
    Reduce all politicans wages to minimium wage and crappy to no benenfits, then only people who really care about Maine will want these positions.
    All these things would help cut Maines debt.

    • “Dump the Federal Government”?

      for every tax dollar maine pays to the federal government,
      the federal government gives back  $2 to maine

      maine is a welfare recipient

      • Anonymous

        You lost me in there. Is that a good thing or a bad thing in your mind?

      • Anonymous

        The federal government, there is a winner! Did you frget that federal money is produced at a cost? Tax payer money, debt to China………..The USA is a welfare recipient and Maine is just one of it’s chilen. Maybe cutting Maine loose from the failed system will yield a positive result.

      • Anonymous

        I’m going to assume you know the tax payer funds the Feds too.
        If we cut them out less taxes for us,
        To me it’s an absurd waste of money to send our tax dollars to multiple places and pay multiple people to send it back and forth not to mention money getting ” lost” because so many bands are in the pot. Just think Federal income tax is the highest part of tax pay out from your pay check, you’d complain about having$5000.00 or mor
        of your money in your pocket?

  • Davida Willette

    lepage does want to isolate maine. almost like a abuse pattern . lepage is abusing the people of maine 

  • Anonymous

    LePage said that he would stop paying dues to the NGA because he said he got nothing out of his membership. Sorry, Paulie, but that is flawed (as usual) thinking. The reason you are there is so that Maine, the state, can derive some benefits from membership. It’s NOT all about you. Stop playing your Sun King role of ” l’etat,c’est moi” The state is not you – it is the people – all the people, not just the TPers that put you in office. Start acting for the benefit of ALL Mainers, not just the privileged.

  • Conley Raye

    Imagine being more isolated than Maine already is from everything.  One reason we pay more.  With the governor’s act not to pay membership fee’s it most likely is, he doesn’t want to attend and be an embarrassment to himself. To the devil with what Maine needs or could benefit. Better idea is to control more state waste within all the different departments including The University of Maine out of control salaries. Here is only one small idea that may prove good revenue. What happens to all the confiscated and forfeited goods taken by the police. I never see any type of auction other than for bikes? Look at DOT, 5 guys standing around talking while only one is working.  Happens all the time.  Maine’s membership might give idea’s how to save money as other governments have. 

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is the 60 grand for? Shouldn’t being governor  be  automatic entrance to this club?

  • Anonymous

    “Farmer cited the NGA’s commitment to bipartisanship… He said that NGA meetings provided a forum where Baldacci, a Democrat, shared ideas and built alliances with Republican governors of other Northeastern states.”

    You must be kidding, right? That’s one of the most disengenuous statements I’ve ever read on these pages!

    I’ve known Prince John for five decades, and he has no use for Republicans in any format; unless you count his putting Beth Warren on the MMA Board as a payback to all the gushy press the BDN heaped on his incompetencies.

     He’s the most Partisan Governor we’ve had since before Governor Reed, unless you count LePage in the mix.

    At least LePage isn’t CLAIMING to work with the “other” party…

  • LePage is penny wise and $100 foolish sometimes. Plus he’s too intent on making a point, often to our state’s detriment.

    • In your short comment you fail to mention a single reason we should pay for this rich-folks outting.  Please cite just one thing that the NGA has done to make the lives of average Mainers better.

      • Guest

        Nothing he has done has made the lives of average Mainers any better.
        The only people he has helped are the wealthy and the sheep that believe erroneously that he is solving problems.
        Austerity measures do not work. 

        • Austerity measures do indeed work.  I have managed my budget ((without bankrupcy) for many years using the princilpe; If I don’t have the money up front for an item, I do not purchase it.

          Sheep need government in layers.  The idea that people desiring less government are “sheep” is erronious.  The “sheep” want the nanny state to care for them. 

          let me hear a baah. 

          • Briney

            For years, scores of Maine people  have done without, rather than hook their homes to an additional mortgage.  Scores of Maine people drive old and outdated cars, preferring periodic repairs than investing in a $60,000 Cadillac, or, even a $20,000 sedan.

            Scores of Maine people shop around for the best gas prices.  A drive to Brewer for five cents a gallon less, is a regular practice for scores of Mainers.  There are few Mainers who can brag about having everything – very few. 

            Going without is nothing new for many of us who make up the 47 percent who won’t be voting for Romney, who can bet you$10 grand just as easy as you can  flip a buck on a table for a tip. 

            As for being part of Little Bo Peep’s herd, if so, we can still find a couple of bucks to help someone in need – help save a whale, a Lion, a Tiger, or, kids too poor to know what a pair of shoes look like.

            As for being sheep – we’re all part of the flock.   

  • Anonymous

    Another hit  job on the Governor. Try as he may to cut spending it does not meet liberal demands. I believe the Governor can attend the meetings without the hefty dues attached.

    • Anonymous

      If there was ever a Maine governor who deserved a hit job it’s this one. His every action  invites them.

  • Anonymous

    We are supposed to believe what Umphrey says— why…?

  • Briney

    Both gentlemen present valid arguments attesting to the value of  the state’s membership in the NGA.  Exchanging valuable information, tips and advice, normally serves attendees well.

    But, I have to agree with Le Page, it is a waste of state’s money.  By his own admittance, he gets nothing out of it.  How can he?  His timetable, as dictated by the Tea Party, does not permit him to engage in constructive meetings, as his tenure over the past two years illustrates.

    Le Page’s role is to destroy unions, cut state services, shove aside public schools for Charter Schools, continue tax relief for the upper bracket, strangle welfare and deny medical aid to the needy.  Anyone with such disruptive and self serving goals, has little time for congenial and informative meetings. 

    There must be dozens of governors wrestling with a multitude of similar problems to what we have in Maine. By avoiding dissemination of ideas in controlling abuses in welfare, strengthening the state’s financial condition, and assisting business growth, we are subjected to the rule of one man.  Maine people will just have to wait two more years until a more congenial governor takes office, and embraces the state and its people in a more progressive mode.

      

    • Anonymous

      Unions? are you implying that the Unions are “golden”? Unions do not drive up wages and effect the bottom line? Unions, high cost of energy, and enviornmental policies did a nice job of driving away industry. What about those public schools? Th demonstrate time and time again they are ineffctive. They produce low test scores and do not prepare children for the workforce, and welfare is out of control! Excuse anyone from trying something better!

      • Briney

        I thought I was addressing Gov. Le Page and his unwillingness to discuss with others, problems that all states are facing under the current recession. 

        A closed mind is a locked door.  Again, under Tea Party orders, he is not allowed to participate in any meeting which seeks answers to problems created by the Tea Party and what’s left of the republican crew.

  • Anonymous

    “Farmer cited the NGA’s commitment to bipartisanship”

    No wonder LePage wants out. He couldn’t possibly function in an atmosphere of bipartisanship.
    The only arena he’s comfortable in is when he’s preaching his narrow minded views to his choir…

  • NOW this is the Lepage for whom I voted.  Why spend taxpayer funds to house these guys and gals in first class hotels in Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Francisco, or Palm Beach?  Why buy them supper, drinks and first class plane tickets? In short who pays for our vacations?

    I can not think of one positive that taxpayers get for this largess.

    Good for you Paul.

  • Anonymous

    Just another fine example of the govs.maine, he is trying to shape in his image, probably again shooting himself in the foot trying for supreme power over all.

  • Anonymous

    Won’t make a difference since LePage is cozy with ALEC.

  • Guest

    Such a foolish *man*. Can’t play well with others.

  • Anonymous

     I do not think that using the term” isolationism” is going to scare anyone in Maine.Most Mainers have come to terms with the fact that the only time the federal government is concernerd with Maine is when we can send them some tax dollors,young people to serve in the armed forces or maybe a few poltical votes.

    So,since 1908 what has the NGA provided to the State of Maine? Jobs,opportunities,or income ? Anyway to track this so called progress ?

    My why of thinking is if we as tax payers are going to spend $60,000 per year we need to know for sure what we are getting in return for our outlay.In the article it sounds like if the Governer shows up to these meetings and if he just happens to be in the right place at the right time then he just might have some opportunities thrown his way.

    Seems to me  the NGA is alot like the United Nations ,nothing more than a glorified discussion format with no abilities to act on anything other than when to break for lunch.

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeah……2 high ranking membersof the highly successfall Baldacci administration. We really want to listen to them.That’ll make everything better. LePage has about 6 more years to continue the healing of decades of state mismanagement. I support him.

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand, it’s one less public forum in which LePage can embarrass us…perhaps we are better off if he stays home.

  • Anonymous

    He won’t get anything out of it because he doesn’t play well with others.

  • Anonymous

    “The governor is afforded opportunities to meet with both Republican and Democratic governors through various conferences during the year, including the National Governors Association annual winter meeting,” she said. “He attended both winter meetings in 2011 and 2012″
    He can’t attend the winter meeting if he is not a MEMBER of the NGA.

  • Anonymous

    My head is just spinning after reading the comments, many of which are so friggin off topic half way through I forget what the article is about!   $60.000 is a huge chunk of $ for annual dues.  I would want to see how Governors have benefited in the past.  Sadly for LePage the functions are probably more about  socializing and networking; not his strong point, I suspect.   Don’t know him personally. 
    Whatever his reasons, actions like this just serve to bolster the impression that he is a arrogant isolationist.       

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