LePage touts accomplishments after 1,000 days in booklet

Paul LePage
Robert F. Bukaty

Gov. Paul LePage announces he will seek a second term, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Augusta, Maine. The Republican governor officially launched his re-election bid one year to the day before voters will decide the fate of the state's three-person race. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is touting his accomplishments throughout his first 1,000 days on the job, like paying the state's hospitals about $490 million in unpaid Medicaid expenses, in a new 28-page booklet.

LePage said that the booklet "Moving Maine Forward" shows that his administration's efforts have yielded real results on his campaign promises like job creation and welfare reform.

"Our administration has set clear priorities that focus on creating a more prosperous place for Mainers in the state we call home," he said in a statement.

The book says that LePage has overseen a $74 million annual reduction in electricity costs for homeowners, provided tax relief for about two-third of taxpayers and streamline regulations. He said he's also overseen changes that have flown under the radar, like initiatives that provide health insurance relief to micro-businesses owners and helped Mainers.

But Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick says LePage's book doesn't tell the whole story. He says LePage's policies, like not accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care overhaul, are hurting Maine's economy and moving the state backward.

"He has undercut public education, health care, and our natural resources at every turn. What does it say when your top accomplishment is denying and delaying health care for tens of thousands of Mainers, including nearly 3,000 veterans?"

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JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Slippery slide for Pauly

But in 2012, with LePage's approval rating underwater, Republicans lost both houses of the legislature. That's forced LePage to work with Democrats to craft a budget this year.

As the vaseline comments reflect, it's not going well.

Q10 Do you approve or disapprove of Governor
Paul LePage’s job performance?
Approve .......................................................... 41%
Disapprove...................................................... 51%
Not sure .......................................................... 7%
http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/11/obama-king-gay-marriage-...

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-lepage-vaseline-comment-2013-6#ixzz2...

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine) is butthurt, and he's not afraid to

State Sen. Troy Jackson called one of LePage's veto threats a "stunt." LePage didn't take kindly to that, saying Jackson "claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline," according to the Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-lepage-vaseline-comment-2013-6#ixzz2...

There's his tout....

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

His touts will be remembered, "You Betcha!"

LePage’s Follies…This is his tablet of accomplishments..

1.“Telling President Obama to go to hell.”
2. "Kiss my butt."
3. Comparing IRS to Gestapo.
4. Walks out of press conference.
5. "Women may have little beards."
6. A fear of newspapers.
7. "We might as well ... get our guns out."
8. See ya later. Walks and storms out of meetings.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/21/paul-lepages-e...

4 more years.... 4 more years

4 more years.... 4 more years ...
lets vote him in a GOP legislature and get Maine moving!
GO LEPAGE GO!

AL PELLETIER's picture

Go Lepage!

Just be careful not to trip over your bulls---!

FRANK EARLEY's picture

How anyone could be this happy.................

There he is, all smiles up there promoting his accomplishments as Governor. Who is he trying to fool? It's amazing how some people can conveniently forget just enough to make any occasion a happy one. This man, voted the second worse Governor in the country, who has failed to meet the needs of hundreds of thousand Mainer's, can stand up there and try to convince the people he's the best thing since sliced bread.
It's no wonder the buses are barely able to run in Lewiston Auburn, he's thrown so many people under them, nothing could stand up to that kind of abuse. How many people are still suffering, and will continue to suffer due to cuts he's making to anything and everything out there to assist the poor. He needs to start listening to the people of Maine, and stop following advise from the extreme right, who I'm sure are going to try and get him reelected. Fortunately he's screwed up so many things, even the Tea Party won't be able to help him this time around..........

 's picture

Why Am I Not Suprised?

I see the usual bashers here whining about the usual anti LePage stuff while in the meantime their "hero" at 1600 Penn Ave Can't even have a working website up and running!!!

Guess its make a difference when one drinks the koolaid!!

RONALD RIML's picture

He shouldn't have that website up and working.....

It should be Medicare for all and to hell with the Insurance Companies.

That would really make you Repuglicants Cry!!!!

RONALD RIML's picture

Who foot the bill for this (timely) publication????

We the Taxpayers?

Or, more appropriately, the "Committee to Re-Elect Governor Paul LePage?"

I bet that fat, arrogant bastard burned us again........

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Yet another campaign at the

Yet another campaign at the expense of the taxpayers.

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Prosperity

The governor needs to look elsewhere to boast about his achievements. According to Forbes the national rate of economic growth is at 2.5 %. Pretty paltry when you compare it to China with a growth of 7.5% and India with a growth of 5%. Maine however can boast 0.5 % growth, less than Mass. and New Hampshire and Vermont. Heck we are even worse off than Rhode Island. Maybe if the governor would stop refusing federal funds, laying off government workers and driving away foreign investments we might catch up.

Bob White's picture

I assume you forgot this little fact

Claire in your stats you forgot the one about unemployment. You ought to look that up and post it, I don't know the number but it is lower then the national average and lower then it has been.

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

$$$

How much did it cost to put out the booklet? Is it more, or less, than what we are shelling out in room & board each month for his grown, working daughter who lives at taxpayer expense in the Blaine House?

AL PELLETIER's picture

Good point, Kathy.

I would also like to know if our tax dollars paid for this piece of trash just like the $995,000 he's paying the "Alexander Group" for a piece of trash to tell Lepage what he wants to hear for re-election propaganda.
His little booklet and the Alexander report are both election propaganda and should be paid for by funds from his re-election committee and not the State's general fund.
If they are being paid for by his re-election committee I will stand corrected, but if not, these wasted funds are a slap in the face of every Maine citizen and Lepage should stand trial for miss-appropriation of taxpayer dollars.

KATHY WILLIAMSON's picture

Along with his wife and her

Along with his wife and her mother-in-law. By my reckoning, only the wife should get a free ride!

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