Gov. LePage asks for $100M in savings

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to find an additional $100 million in savings, in part because of the deficit-reduction plan approved by Congress.

A bipartisan task force analyzing state departments and agencies with the aim of prioritizing services, consolidating functions and eliminating duplication and inefficiencies is charged by law with finding $25 million in savings.

But a LePage spokeswoman said Friday that he'd like to see more ambitious savings.

Spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says one of the new areas of concern is a $30 million cut in the federal heating assistance program for Maine. She says it's a priority to ensure the state's most vulnerable are warm this winter.

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CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Class warfare?

Republicans are always accusing liberals of fomenting class warfare. Well let's see whose hide will this come out of. I'll give you a clue. It won't be the poor. Yes, you can cut their benefits but just because you do that does not mean they will go out and get a job. Look at the front page of today's paper. 52 burglaries? Who will pay for court costs, incarceration, probation, and damages? Last week a teen-ager smashed a police car windshield so she could go live in jail? Who pays for that? Cut their health care? Who will end up paying the emergency room bill? Still don't know? OK. Here's another clue. It won't be the folks with the $1,000,000 estates. They have friends in high places.

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My Guess is...

...there aren't a large number of million dollar estates in Maine. Maybe a bunch of liberals maintain large estates and are still living more than 180 days here. Many of the affluent have long since flown the coop.

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Well if he fired his daughter

Well if he fired his daughter there's 44,000 right there.....

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Well if he fired his daughter

Well if he fired his daughter there's 44,000 right there.....

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hypocrisy in augusta

Our state is well off enough to give the top few dozen richest people a $100 million dollar tax break on their cash estates. up to 2 million tax free! Will they spend that money? Create jobs? nope, that's just money to pass along to the out of state heirs. So while those few people get off with $100 million, our Governor now has to make up, how much, $100 million in cuts due to the US House speaker holding us hostage over the debt ceiling. Perhaps the Maine tea baggers will fizzle out now????

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There you go again, Terry...

...playing the class card, also Obama's favorite.

So, let's do the math and dissect your screed. Your post would have the uninitiated and uninformed believe that enough "rich people" will die in the next year to escape $100 million in estate taxes. A simple calculation, even for those who are graduating from our math challenged elementary school system, would reveal that "rich Mainers" with a ***billion dollars*** in estates would have to croak to generate your mythical $100 million.

Even the Maine Center for Economic Policy would be hard pressed to make this claim. Your talking points don't hold any semblance to reality. Sorry.

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There you go again

I must've missed the part where anybody claimed the savings or the inheritance tax break would only occur next year. Must've been a simple miscalculation.

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I Guess You Did Miss It as...

LePage is looking for $100 million a year.

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