September 21, 2019
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Comments for: Conservation program might have to backtrack on grants after LePage’s refusal to issue bonds

  • Anonymous

    It these grants are so vitally important, then in the world didn’t the state place these grants in their state budget? I’ll tell you why. It’s because these grants are not necessary. Plain and simple! I fully support the Governor. The uncontrollable state spending has got to stop.

    • Anonymous

      Because they were based on voter-approved BONDS. The Governor should not ignore what Maine citizens wanted and voted for because of his own petty biases.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the people should be able to spend the taxpayers money because…’They said so”….Hey, maybe “occupy Maine” can be the next Governor….

        • They couldn’t do any worse than the Blaine House’s current occupant. Heck, a monkey throwing his own poo could do better… wait I take that back, that is what we already have.

          • Anonymous

            good one ! lol

          • Anonymous

            How dare you! How dare you compare our Governor to poo-throwing monkeys. The monkeys may go picket in front of your house now to demand an apology!

    • Anonymous

      Bingo….plus…heres what the left hates….the Governor can release these bonds when he wants to…..the Governor has closed the taxpayers wallet and those who have unfettered access to it are mad….

      • Anonymous

        The governor is taking advantage of a loophole to thwart the democratic process. Gentlemen (and women) should we wary of demagoguery. It has a way of back-firing.. recent election in point.

  • Guest

    It’s rather outrageous we have such a belligerent man for a so called governor. He’s neither a good man or good governor.

    • Anonymous

      And I say it is rather outrageous that you criticize our governor for slowing down spending on nice to have, not need to have feel-good projects. Our state is broke now, can not afford to pay its bills, 300 more Hostess ex employees will be added to the unemployment insurance roles this week and all you can do is say, “Speed up the spending”

      • Guest

        Still feeling the massive loss of the election. People like you are having massive emotional meltdowns.
        Keep crying wolf that’s all LePage and his sheep know how to do.

        • Anonymous

          You are the one who seems to be obsessed on the last election results and melting down e.g. see your last two comments. We conservatives are going to work (not expending useless energy striking on a picket line somewhere) growing our businesses, adjusting our portfolios to minimize the loss and maybe making a little money on the market now that we know who will be in office for the next couple of years, enjoying Thanksgiving with our families secure in the knowledge that we, not the government are in charge of our futures.

      • Anonymous

        The big deal here is that this is not the Governor’s decision to make. What makes LePage think he has more power than the people? The people voted for it, let it happen. Looks pretty simple to me.
        As Shaina Alexander said on “Point – Counterpoint” several years ago, “Somewhere along the way this business of who’s working for who got out of line”.
        He’s there to represent the people, not dictate to them.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, it is the Governor’s decision to make. He doesn’t need to issue the bonds for years, I understand. It is at his discretion. He is making a small stab at fiscal responsibility. The state of Maine is broke. It owes hundreds of millions of dollars to its hospitals. It can’t pay them. Any delay in borrowing will help a bit. A tiny bit.

          • Anonymous

            And in a few years when the price of the land goes up, as do the interest rates, then what?

      • Anonymous

        These lands would provide enormous benefit to the public. They would provide hunting opportunities (money for local businesses and the state), opportunities for children to learn about their environment (education no book could ever provide), and recreational opportunities (helping to reduce the growing rate of obesity in this state). Most of all, they would preserve this state’s natural heritage — the main reason pepole visit us.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe now with Dem’s controlling the legislature, and help from centrist, democracy-supporting Republicans, we can amend the Maine constitution to allow recall of the Maine governor.

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t they try that in Wisconsin? How did that work out for them?

      • Anonymous

        It worked well. The people had a voice. I’m not in favor of a recall mechanism in order to get rid of LePage. I want it because mistakes happen. Its up to the people to decide if LePage was a mistake. The path to more democracy here is a constitutional amendment. Let’s have it. We don’t have it because few politicians want to be held accountable.

  • Anonymous

    This is perplexing to me. The Land for Maine’s Future bonds had to get 2/3’s approval from the Legislature (House and Senate) and win at the ballot box. So the Governor is essentially saying he can dictate and override the Legislature and citizens. No Governor has ever tried this.

    Just to note: The Governor was elected in 2010 with 38% (218,065 votes) of the vote. The 2010 LMF Bond won with 51% (286,645 votes) of the vote. The 2012 LMF bond passed with 61% (416,301 votes) approval.

    • Anonymous

      in 2010, 80% of the voters in Maine voted AGAINST the ideology of the democratic party….theres your numbers and the answer to your confusing view of how real government works…The Governor has five years to issue what the Maine people voted for at the ballot box…..maybe Land for Maines future should adjust thier long term vision to fit the law, not vice versa

      • Anonymous

        And in 2012, Maine saw the error of its way and gave the majority back to the D’s (the lesser of 2 evils).

      • Anonymous

        Just because I voted for Cutler doesn’t mean that I voted against the Democratic Party. More fallacies from the ultra-right. You are just insulting at this point.

      • Anonymous

        The numbers in my post came from the Secretary of State’s website. Where do yours come from? Your entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

        Also the Administration told the LMF Board to move forward with a new round to allocate part of the 2010 bond back in 2011. It was a year later that they did a 180 and said they wouldn’t release the bond. That’s what created the problem.

        • Anonymous

          its not rocket science…I only said that 80% of Maines voters in 2010 did NOT vote for a democrat….those figures are from…lets see….voting totals?……your side uses the 39% against LePage…the 80% is 10 times more revealing…I can see why the denocrats dont like it….
          The LMF knows the Governor releases the money..its not some big secret…the LMF ALWAYS had a governor that spent every penny immediately…and now we have a Governor who has the taxpayers interest first….and not dumping $$$ into land 99% of Mainers will never visit or even know where it is…..both points very factual and not really hard to grasp…unless your goal in an argument is to just scream how wrong someone is…and thinking the volume of that scream carries the weight of fact….Lets review..80% DID NOT vote democrat….and the Governor has ALWAYS had the power to release bond $$ when he deemd it appropriate….

          • Anonymous

            You seem to be fixated on being partisan, but you also seem naive if you think Cutler voters somehow were opposed to “democratic ideology”; whatever that means (I assume you mean traditionally Democratic policies). As I recall Cutler was a pretty progressive candidate.

            I recommend you get out to some of the properties LMF has protected. They are much loved by local communities and invest directly in the natural resource economy that drives Maine. Protecting working forests, farms and waterfronts has long been an LMF priority. If you hunt you know how important this program is because the program guarantees public access.

      • Anonymous

        Did you happen to view the election results of the 2012 election?

  • Anonymous

    Did you stop to think that he may be protecting us from the UN’s Agenda 21 goiing any further?

  • Anonymous

    Why do all laws have amendments, To exempt liberals from the laws they inact on others.

  • Anonymous

    All these bonds do is put the financial burden on my kids and grandkids, so thank you Paul LePage for looking after them.

    • Guest

      He’s looking out so well for them that if he gets his way there won’t be much of Maine left for them to enjoy.
      Paul LePage is dangerous for all creatures great and small. Someday your grandchildren will be thankful for those of us who care about the priceless environment of Maine.

      • Anonymous

        There’s enough conservation and public land as it is. We don’t have the money to continue taking over land and eliminating property rights. What good is your public land if the government goes bankrupt?

        • Anonymous

          I thank you for your sentiments and I hope your grandchildren are old enough to vote on thier future…If guest has his way, after Maine’s economy collapses, he may actually move to Maine…

        • Guest

          The government isn’t going bankrupt. Land needs to be set aside to keep the greedy carpetbaggers from destroying it.

        • Anonymous

          Eliminating property rights? Apparently you don’t understand that land acquired with Land for Maine’s Future funds is acquired with the full blessing of the seller.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my, if we don’t get bond funds now of taxpayer money, we could lose out on other taxpayer money grant we already have. What do you bet the Verso paper land is open now to hunting, snowmobiling, and other outdoor recreation, is on the local or state property tax rolls, and taking it off the tax rolls will increase the local property taxes locals pay? That’s a trifecta of tax increases that won’t increase the access people have now, but will make some liberal feel good at our expense and get us one step closer to Obama’s socialist utopia.

    • Guest

      You keep forgetting you lost the election and everything the tea publicans have to say is now falling on deaf ears.
      LePage can only cry wolf so many times before he’s completely ignored.
      TIme to ignore all he does and stands for and let him be the lame duck he is.

      Socialist Utopia, only in some dreams.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps you and your 10 up arrow friends should actually go to the northern part of our glorious state sometime. If you did, you could, enjoy virtually unfettered access to millions of acres of privately owned land in the North Maine Woods. Or perhaps your energies would be better spent on “Restore: Longfellow Square” to ban all development on Congress Street.

      • Anonymous

        If it’s falling on deaf ears why are you still commenting on it? I would say your hearing is just fine but choose not to believe what you hear.

        • Guest

          Why do you feel the need to make a comment dikhed? Nice name btw.

          • Anonymous

            Same reason why you do. And by the way that’s captindikhed to you.

      • Anonymous

        Who is closeradhereing to the Constitution….your socialist utopian dreams or the tea party?…might want to wikipedia the Constitution..especialy if your are a near graduate of Maines public school system….

        • Anonymous

          You are the dreamer… we are a market economy… no amount of repeating the faux news/ rightwing talking bloviaters’ mantra makes it anything but… (you do know what a market economy is, don’t you?)

  • Anonymous

    With people of Maine backing… the Governor can count on finding another job next election!

    • Anonymous

      If that is the case, you are hoping for next Governor to do the exact opposite of Gov. LePage? 125th lowered the tax rate, you want a gov to increase it….125th eliminated the automatic increase of gas taxes every year, without a legislative vote…you want it on auto-pilot…LePage pays his bills, you want to hold the hosptials hostage as before….LePage eased busines regulation…you think businesses should wade through expensive red tape…just making sure what it is you are advocating for..not that I or the rest of Maine was confused…

      • Anonymous

        I think you might be a bit confused. Holding the state’s unemployed hostage while infrastructure spending, able to be financed by publicly accepted bonds at the lowest credit rates in a long, long time is held up for short sighted, narrow minded ideological purity reasons, is not only a confused policy position to take, it is just plain nonsensical… Lowering tax rates, overwhelmingly to the top income earners in the State, and then declaring a crisis that can only be fixed by cutting services to Maine’s neediest, most vulnerable, and least able to pay, actually just shifting the cost onto others, is cruel, misguided, confused, and definitely will assure LePage can retire to Florida forgetting all about the mess he’s made in Maine…

  • Anonymous

    Borrowing to purchase precious land now when it costs less than it will tomorrow, at the lowest interest rates we will likely see for decades, and having the loan paid by us, our children and grandchildren who will be the grateful beneficiaries of our wisdom on their behalf – is the most fiscally conservative thing that could ever be done.

    To delay borrowing at the risk of higher interest and to increase the risk that conservation will fail, raises serious questions about the fiscal judgement and the values of the Governor.

    • notateapartier

      No one ever accused the Governor of being forward thinking.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously, LaPlague is not interested in Maine’s future for the people. He wants to keep it ‘free’ for privitazation and exploitation for profit.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Lepage – unlike you, a majority of Maine people actually voted for these bonds.

    Issue them and move to Florida.

    Yessah

    • Anonymous

      In five years. Yessah

      • Anonymous

        LOL!

        Yeah – Rasmussen and FAUX NEWS polls have LePage up by 38% over the unidentified generic Democratic challenger.

        Everybody just loves them some Penguin.

        Yessah

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t is time for the AG to arrest the Governor or for the Legislature to impeach him for failure to perform his Constitutional duties? He is being a one-man wrecking crew and is just a big bully! He needs to follow the COMMANDS of his constituents, the VOTERS, who approved these bond funds!

    • Anonymous

      Did you actually read the article before you spewed your liberal venom? The part where it said that he has five years to issue the bonds? Hint: first sentence, fifth paragraph.

      • Anonymous

        He still is a bully for not fulfilling the will of the voters who gave the LMF bond almost DOUBLE the votes HE got!

  • Anonymous

    While it is too bad that LePage is witholding bonding for specific open space properties, this is common practice when a govenor is trying to leverage options for his own priorities. While LePage has had a success or two – the Turnpike Authority and Freedom of Access omsbudman postion, he was too tied up in the Tea Party rhetoric to get down to work and learn how to make government more efficient. Really if he’d been smart when he had the majority he would have done the auditing and procedural reviews in all state agencies to implement changes that do need making to get the state on more stable ground. So indeed we could afford to save some open space, invest in infrastructure and education. But he isn’t smart and is a spiteful bully.
    I don’t have much hope after he is gone, because the Democrats don’t have a clue about audits, practices and procedural reviews to work towards a more efficient government. They just want to layer more laws/regulations on top of older, often conflicting versions.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of Dr. No we have Governor No.

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