Category Archives: Governor LePage

LePage says he’ll push citizen’s initiative to slash the income tax

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine. BDN File photo by Troy R. Bennett.

Gov. Paul LePage, unhappy with lawmakers’ reluctance to embrace his goal of slashing and ultimately eliminating the income tax, is planning a workaround: A citizen’s initiative. LePage is still stewing about the Legislature’s rejection of his proposed constitutional amendment to kill the income tax. As written, the amendment would have incrementally eliminated the income tax […]

Here are the programs LePage might slash to pay for income tax cuts

Gov. Paul LePage, during his State of the State address earlier this month. BDN file photo by Ashley Conti.

In a press release today, Gov. Paul LePage insisted that he has continued to meet with Republican leaders to offer “compromises” toward lowering the income tax. Cutting the income tax is a pillar of LePage’s budget proposal, which the governor himself said last week was “dead.” He blames Democrats for scuttling his income tax cut […]

Communication breakdown: Letter contradicts LePage claim that budget writers dodged him

Republicans and Democrats alike have raised concerns in recent weeks that progress on the biennial state budget bill has been hampered by Gov. Paul LePage’s refusal to allow Maine Revenue Services to run numbers related to the various tax reform proposal that have been under discussion recently. That kind of analysis, which leads to estimates […]

LePage says he has ordered investigation of Land for Maine’s Future

Gov. Paul LePage made news on several fronts during a nearly hour-long press conference Friday at the Blaine House, which by now you’ve probably read something about. One of the tidbits we know the least about was LePage’s statement that he has called for an investigation into the Land for Maine’s Future Program. “The LMF bonds are under […]

LePage to DC to talk natural gas, hydro power with congressional committee

Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, at a recent public forum in Belfast. BDN file photo by Ashley L. Conti.

Gov. Paul LePage is en route to Washington, D.C, where he’ll testify Wednesday before to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on energy and power. The hearing, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, will focus on Republican-backed proposals to expedite the interstate natural gas pipeline permitting process and streamline hydropower licensing and increase hydropower […]

LePage vetoes 2 bills, resubmits them as part of his budget package

Two tax code proposals that Gov. Paul LePage vetoed recently have come back to lawmakers at the hand of the governor himself, raising questions about why LePage supports concepts now that he vetoed just a few weeks ago. The answer, according to his staff, is that he wants tax reform considered as a package, not piece-by-piece. However, considering a […]