LePage is upbeat on next 60 days

Posted April 14, 2011, at 3:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A day after getting an “incomplete” grade for his first 100 days on the job, Gov. Paul LePage said he is focused on the 60 days ahead and he’s confident he can accomplish the big items on his agenda.

The Republican governor spoke Thursday at the Blaine House as he welcomed scores of business owners who contributed ideas to his effort to streamline and overhaul state regulations that are believed to hamper job growth.

Besides regulatory reform, LePage’s “Final 60 Days” list of priorities includes pension, tax and health care reforms.

LePage said he’s “very confident … extremely confident” Mainers are hearing his message about what needs to be done to create jobs. Directing his comment at minority Democrats, LePage said he’s “open to suggestions but you have to make some.”