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Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 2014 Maine Republican Convention at Cross Insurance Center in April.

LePage says he’ll consider signing bonds for nonprofits

By Lindsay Tice on June 23, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said this week he will consider signing bonds for nonprofits, including hospitals and colleges, and said he doesn’t know why anyone thought he had shut down the program. Proponents of the program, which helps nonprofits get low-interest loans for major projects, were pleased and surprised by the …

Maine State Employees Association uses finance chief’s statements to push for raises

By Christopher Cousins on March 05, 2013, at 7:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s largest public employee union Tuesday called on the state’s finance commissioner to follow his own advice and negotiate higher pay for state workers. Maine State Employees Association has started a lobbying campaign highlighting comments made last week by Sawin Millett, the state’s finance chief, to make …
Senate Democratic Leader Barry Hobbins (center), D-York,  joined by Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond (left), D-Cumberland, and House Minority Leader Emily Cain, D-Orono, speak following Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his two-year state budget Thursday to a joint session of the Legislature in Augusta. All three won new terms in the 2012 elections, with Cain moving to the Senate and Hobbins moving to the House.

Expert: Dem Legislature wins not simply anti-LePage

By Scott Thistle on Nov. 08, 2012, at 8:35 a.m.
LEWISTON — Maine Democrats recaptured majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, and Republican Gov. Paul LePage said he stood ready to work with anyone who wants to put Maine people first. “Here in Maine, we must come together to find solutions to our fiscal …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks in Bangor in June 2012.

LePage’s special session not without precedent in Maine history

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage’s consultation with the attorney general’s office about calling legislators to Augusta before the November elections is typical whether the governor is vetting his policy idea or setting up a special session, according to former Attorney General Janet Mills. Mills — who was not re-elected …
Gov. Paul LePage and state Rep. Paul T. Davis Sr. inspect the washed-out road on Pleasant River Road in Brownville on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. LePage was in town to see the devastation firsthand.

LePage seeks federal aid for road flood damage in June

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 02, 2012, at 6:56 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage sought federal aid Monday for flood damage to federal roads last month that totaled more than $1 million statewide, said his spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett. The heavy rainfall that flooded Brownville and other parts of Piscataquis County last week came after heavy flooding to several other places in …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.

LePage budget funds Dolby landfill, but doesn’t end Millinocket feud, officials say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 16, 2012, at 2:55 p.m.
The revised state budget Gov. Paul LePage signed Wednesday doesn’t end his feud with town leaders over $216,000 in withheld education aid despite its funding the item that set off the fight, officials said. The budget includes $320,000 to fund operations of the state-owned Dolby landfill in …

Millinocket council delays decision on whether to sue state over funds dispute

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 26, 2012, at 6:33 p.m.
Town leaders emerged from an hourlong executive session late Thursday afternoon and opted again to delay a decision on whether to sue the state over $216,000 in disputed state funds. “We have to have a few more meetings on this to figure some things out,” Town Council …
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LePage reiterates message to Millinocket: Go ahead and sue state

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 13, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.
Let them sue. Gov. Paul LePage reiterated that message Tuesday in response to Millinocket town leaders’ threat to sue the LePage administration over the governor’s decision to withhold about $216,000 in state-mandated economic relief funding. “What can we do? If they are going to litigate, they are …
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LePage says Millinocket leaders broke word on landfill deal, withholds $216K

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 07, 2012, at 2:52 p.m.
The state will withhold about $216,000 in aid from Millinocket because town officials broke an agreement to share Dolby landfill operating costs, Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, announced that East Millinocket and Millinocket will each get about $504,000 in Sudden and Severe …

MaineHousing under increasing scrutiny

By Matt Wickenheiser on Jan. 27, 2012, at 4:44 p.m.
State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin had been on the Maine State Housing Authority board for about half a year before he started to see things he really didn’t agree with. Early last summer, the board was asked to approve the scoring criteria housing authority staff uses to determine what affordable housing …

Progressive groups offer alternatives to LePage’s DHHS cuts

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 25, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Opponents of Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to close a $220 million shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services pitched alternatives Wednesday in the wake of the governor’s State of the State address. Engage Maine, a coalition of progressive groups, proposed reforming MaineCare without dropping any …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference in December 2011 at the State House in Augusta.

Maine Democrats blast LePage before State of the State address

By Eric Russell on Jan. 23, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A day before Gov. Paul LePage is to deliver his first State of the State address, House and Senate Democratic leaders challenged him to “put aside ideology and extremism” and set a more positive tone for the year ahead. At a noontime press conference on Monday, more …
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LePage to attend Martin Luther King Jr. event in Waterville

The Associated Press on Jan. 12, 2012, at 12:41 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A year after Gov. Paul LePage stirred outrage by saying critics of his decision to skip NAACP-sponsored Martin Luther King Day Jr. events could “kiss my butt,” he is politely declining invitations to annual breakfasts honoring the civil rights leader in Orono and Portland so he can …
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New study disputes LePage administration on MaineCare’s childless adults

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 09, 2012, at 4:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The childless adults Gov. Paul LePage has proposed dropping from MaineCare are far from young and healthy, despite rhetoric to the contrary, according to a report released Monday by an advocacy group for the poor. More than 40 percent of childless adults covered through MaineCare are older …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.

Republicans say they won’t support some of LePage’s cuts to MaineCare

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 03, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | One of the most controversial cuts in Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to overhaul MaineCare hit a roadblock Tuesday after Republican lawmakers refused to back the plan. Rep. Patrick Flood, House chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, said his colleagues oppose the governor’s proposal to save $60 million …
Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, speaks during a forum at Northern Maine Community College on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Crack down on MaineCare abusers, audience at Presque Isle forum says

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
A standing-room-only audience crowded into Northern Maine Community College on Wednesday afternoon for the second of three regional meetings held so that Aroostook County residents could weigh in on Gov. Paul LePage’s supplemental budget and its proposed reductions to MaineCare costs. Several urged the state to …

LePage deflects criticism after Fort Kent event

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 28, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s office deflected criticism that the governor was impatient, abrupt and at times rude Tuesday during the first of three forums to allow Aroostook County residents to weigh in on a budget proposal calling for major cuts in MaineCare, saying political opponents tried to …
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Jobless Mainers rally outside Blaine House, LePage hears concerns

The Associated Press on Dec. 03, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage met with three jobless Mainers who were part of a group of demonstrators who protested outside the governor’s mansion Saturday. Mike Tipping of the Maine People’s Alliance says about 60 people gathered at the Blaine House on Saturday to demand that LePage listen to …

State budget task force agrees on $25 million in cuts

By Eric Russell on Nov. 28, 2011, at 7:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A state task force created to identify $25 million in budget cuts to address a shortfall in the 2012-13 biennial budget has met its goal. Members of the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force wrapped up their work Monday by agreeing to a series of …
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State Planning Office director Darryl Brown resigns

By Mal Leary on Nov. 23, 2011, at 12:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State Planning Office Director Darryl Brown has resigned after less than a year on the job, saying his work is done with recommendations made this week to create an Office of Management and Policy. “Because of the working group’s affirmative action, my primary duties related to the …
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