Gov. Paul LePage so far hasn’t made good on his promise to veto all bills that come to his desk before the Legislature passes his bill to pay back Maine’s $484 million hospital debt.
And on Tuesday, he let the 10-day window he has to act on bills lapse, allowing six pieces of legislation become law without his signature.
Asked about this at a news conference Thursday where the governor announced the details of a $100 million transportation bond he’s proposing, LePage said it was “an error on my part.
“The bills came down and no one alerted me they were down here until the 19th, which is the day they had to go back up,” he said. “I decided that it was just best to let them go because I was the one who was not ready to veto.”
The measures all passed both chambers of the Legislature with unanimous support. LePage now has the chance to make good on his veto threat with four more unanimous bills the Legislature has sent him. On two of them, his 10-day window runs out Tuesday.
“Fool me once, shame on me,” LePage said. “Let’s do it a second time and see what happens.”
At the Thursday news conference, LePage also homed in again on the Maine Democratic Party tracker who films him at public events. Following last year’s elections, LePage refused to meet with Democratic legislative leadership until they called off the tracker. He also condemned the Democrats’ use of a tracker — a common tool in today’s political campaigns — at the December swearing-in of the Legislature.
LePage chided the tracker at Thursday’s news conference for not registering his car in Maine, a move that could provide the state with more road funds.
“He could help the economy by registering his car in Maine,” LePage joked. “He tracks me around all over the state, and he’s got a Massachusetts-registered car.”