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Government professor Sandy Maisel selected and read the questions, which included inquiries about how the governor plans to address an anticipated shortfall in federal funds used to pay for heating oil for the poor.
"I am going to ask the Legislature to take some money out of Efficiency Maine to help with this," he said.
Efficiency Maine, which is funded through a surcharge on electricity bills, regional greenhouse gas funds and federal money, is a program that offers incentives for businesses and homeowners to reduce energy use. LePage said there are long-term projects that have been funded, but the money for the home heating program is an immediate need.
Also, college students wanted to know what LePage planned to do to keep them in Maine after they graduate. He encouraged them to see what jobs are available, and concentrate their studies in those areas.
He said parents play a role, too.
"What we need to do is keep more of the parents here," he said. "If you're really stable in an area, you will get your kids to come back. And when they come back, you can't get rid of them."
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