Friday, April 18, 2014
Gov. Paul LePage didn't express confidence this morning when asked whether lawmakers would institute the kinds of changes he's seeking in General Assistance.
"Never say die," he said, following a Blaine House bill signing. "But I don't know how confident I am. I just know one thing. If they don't it's at the peril of the state of Maine. The state of Maine will suffer if they don't make some structural changes in this government."
On Saturday, the governor issued a line-item veto of parts of the budget because he doesn't think it made the kinds of structural changes that are necessary. Republican leaders decided last night not to come back into session to consider the vetoes, so they will stand.
Lawmakers return in May to consider a new budget, and LePage is hoping it will make changes to General Assistance, which is funded by the state and municipalities. The money is for emergency assistance, with much of it paying for housing needs. Costs have risen steadily since 2008, and LePage wants to curb spending on the program.Tweet
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Twitter: @stevemistler
Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @pphericrussell
Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH
Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @randybillings
Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc
Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME