AUGUSTA — Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage is deflecting questions about taxes paid on a Florida home as he touts his job-creation plan.

LePage was asked Monday about tax exemptions claimed in 2009 on homes in Maine and Florida at a news conference at the State House in Augusta. LePage replied testily that questions about tax exemptions claimed by his wife already have been answered.

The Kennebec Journal reported last week that Ann LePage claimed permanent residency in both states and could be fined in Florida. LePage’s campaign described it as a “paperwork error.”

In his proposal to create jobs, LePage envisions what he calls an “EZ Pass” strategy that speeds up new business requests and snips red tape and regulations.