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ENG: Paul Richard LePage (born October 9, 1948) is an American businessman and politician who is serving as the 74th and current Governor of Maine. A Republican, he was previously mayor of Waterville from 2003 to 2011, and was a city councilor before that. He worked in the private sector as general manager of the 14-store discount chain, Marden's Surplus and Salvage, from 1996 to 2011. Early life Paul LePage is the eldest son of eighteen children. He grew up speaking French in an impoverished home with what he has described as an abusive father. At age eleven, he left home and lived on the streets of Lewiston, seeking shelter wherever he could find it, including in horse stables and at a "strip joint". After spending roughly two years homeless, he began to earn a living shining ...
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Lawmakers weigh in on LePage’s first 100 days

One hundred days into his term as Maine’s chief executive, Gov. Paul LePagehas generated plenty of headlines. But is Maine’s brash, tell-it-like-it-is governor living up to the campaign pledges that helped him lead a Republican sweep of state government? As is often the case in politics these days, that depends on whom you’re asking — or, more importantly, to which party that person belongs. To Maine Democratic leaders, the list of LePage’s foibles during his first 100 days is overshadowed only by what they say is a lack of progress on the key issue of the 2010 ...

LePage staff discussed altering law for Brown

While an official inquiry into the eligibility of Darryl Brown to lead the Maine Department of Environmental Protection under Maine statute wasn't done until recently, two senior LePage administration aides talked with legislative leaders in February about amending state law to ensure he could. In interviews last week, House Speaker Bob Nutting, R-Oakland, and Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, said Dan Billings, the governor's legal counsel, and Kathleen Newman, deputy chief of staff, met with them in late February to inform them a Maine law might pose a problem for Brown and initiated a ...

LePage pushes gold star plates

Gov. Paul LePage is working with the Legislature to make Gold Star license plates available to family members of Mainers who have been killed in military operations. Rep. Brad Moulton, R-York, sponsored the governor's bill, L.D. 1529, to make the plates available. Although a similar bill failed in 2009, Moulton has worked with John Mixon of Ogunquit, a Vietnam veteran, to raise money from private sources to cover the cost of making the plates. Maine is one of only three states that do not offer Gold Star plates, according to the House Republican Office. The bill has been referred to the ...

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Governor Urges Legislature to Consider Consequences of Referendum Questions
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage wrote the following letter to Legislative Leadership and members of the 128th Legislature: (Link to letter is below.)To Legislative Leadership and members of the 128th Legislature: I urge you to lessen the impact of two referendum questions approved by the voters that will cause significant economic harm to restaurant workers, small businesses, successful people and our elderly. Question 2 will increase the income tax to 10.15% on successful Maine households and small businesses, supposedly to boost funding for education, and Question 4 will increase the minimum wage in such a way that it will devastate the restaurant industry, put local shops out of business and push 325,000 elderly Mainers deeper into poverty. Increasing the income tax to the second highest in the nation could actually do the opposite of what the question proposed. Quest
Governor Announces Acting Commissioner Hasson to Department of Education
For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Dr. Robert Hasson is appointed the Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, effectively November 24, 2016. Supportive of the transition, Dr. William Beardsley will continue serving at the Department of Education in the capacity of Deputy Commissioner, "Dr. Hasson is an exceptional colleague and friend, and I cannot think of a better person to serve in the capacity of Acting Commissioner. It is the top priority for the administration that the needs of Maine's students are served well by the Maine Department of Education, and as such he and I will work closely together to ensure continuity and stable leadership at the Department," said Beardsley. Dr. Hasson currently oversees certification, higher education, and educator effectiveness for the Maine DOE. He earned his doctorate at Boston College, is a Maine native, a
Revenue Committee Forecasts Strong Conclusion to State's Fiscal Year
For Immediate Release: Friday, December 02, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531AUGUSTA - The Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee (RFC) formally submitted their General Fund revenue forecast today to Governor Paul R. LePage and Maine Legislature. The forecast, which comes on the heels of a preliminary report issued earlier this week, is one of two required annually and was due no later than December 1, 2016. As part of their forecast, the RFC projects an increase in General Fund revenues of $34.2 million for the current fiscal year, an increase of 1 percent. The adjusted forecast is realized with revenues above the previous forecast from sales, individual income tax collections, and corporate income tax filings. "Reducing the tax burden on Mainers continues to prove itself as a good policy decision. Despite cutting taxes for more than half a million Maine families, our structural gap has been reduced significantly, businesses investment and job creation
Statement on Transition of Energy Director Woodcock
For Immediate Release: November 16, 2016 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the transition of the Director of the Governor's Energy Office, Patrick Woodcock, from the position effective December 9, 2016. "Patrick Woodcock has done an outstanding job, not just for the State of Maine, but also for the New England region," said Governor LePage. "He has been at the forefront of discussions on how to lower energy for the Maine people and the people of New England. His expertise and his ability to communicate energy policy is unmatched. Although his departure is a sad day for our administration, we are proud of the job he has done for Maine, and we wish him well in his future endeavors." "It has been a privilege to work for a Governor who is passionate about improving New England's competitiveness and lowering energy costs for businesses in our region," said Patrick Woodcock. "I appreciate the opportunit

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