AUGUSTA — A controversial 46-inch television and TV cart that Gov. Paul LePage put in the hallway outside his office is costing taxpayers nearly $1,500.

LePage put the TV in the hall two weeks ago to display a message urging lawmakers to act on his budget and hospital debt reduction plan. LePage complained about censorship and moved his operations to the governor’s mansion after being told the TV’s location violated State House rules.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston says the governor’s staff bought the flat-screen television for $899, a cable to connect it to a computer for $59, and the TV cart for $527, including shipping charges.

The television is now inside the governor’s office with the screen facing out into the hallway behind a window over the office door.