Crown Politics

LePage again pressures dormant Legislature to get back to work

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is emerging in a flurry to urge the passage of child welfare bills he recently wanted to wait before submitting and doubling down on a campaign against Democrats he accuses of dilly-dallying with the people’s business.

After sending letters to Attorney General Janet Mills and state Treasurer Terry Hayes this week urging them to resign or take leave while they run for governor, LePage ripped legislative Democrats for undone legislation, saying in a Wednesday radio address “if the Legislature can’t do that this summer, you will know what to do when you go to the polls in the fall.”

The governor reversed himself and said he wants a paralyzed Legislature to consider child welfare changes soon. It’s been exactly a month since the stalled Legislature last met and there is little or no sign of movement on the impasse around tax conformity and a typo fix-it bill that would restore funding for taxpayer-financed campaigns. House Republicans have blocked the Clean Election fix; Democrats have blocked a conformity vote.

To read the rest of “LePage again pressures dormant Legislature to get back to work,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Christopher Cousins, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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