AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is using his weekly radio address to highlight money problems uncovered in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and his support for changing the way budgets are handled.
LePage pointed Saturday to $66 million in overpayments in Maine hospitals, a $10 million spike in weekly MaineCare payments and nearly $30 million the state must repay the federal government. To regain control, he’s proposing to split the department into two agencies.
LePage says the complexity underscores his support for moving the state’s two-year budget process to the second year of each Legislature.
He was required to submit his budget little more than a month into his term, providing little time to get up to speed. He says that’s “no way to run a state successfully.”