May 24, 2019
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LePage one step closer to eliminating State Planning Office

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Gov. LePage smiles during a press conference at a local car dealership in Waterville in November 2010.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to replace the State Planning Office with an agency that would trim government inefficiencies to save money has taken a step forward.

A working group has signed off on the plan that would create the new Office of Policy and Management.

A LePage spokesman tells MaineToday Media the working group’s plan would eliminate nine jobs. The other 29 planning office employees would either be transferred to the new office or divided among existing state agencies, where they would continue to perform many of the same duties.

The $750,000 saved by eliminating the nine planning office positions would be used to launch the new office, which would employ six to 10 people.

The Republican governor’s proposal is subject to approval by the Legislature.

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