G. Mathews: LePage cleaning up Baldacci’s mess

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On Jan. 16, the Sun Journal had two headlines that caught my attention. First, Gov. Paul LePage’s plans to pay the $186 million owed to the hospitals of Maine. The second headline was “Baldacci considers taking run at LePage.”

I found it interesting because I feel former Gov. John Baldacci left the state of Maine in awful condition. Maine had high taxes, no business growth, high unemployment and high debt, including the $180 million owed to the hospitals.

Gov. LePage is succeeding in cleaning up Baldacci’s mess. During his first two years he has cut waste and fraud from the state’s bureaucracy, retained Maine’s AA credit rating, facilitated natural gas pipeline expansion, improved Maine’s business standing, improved Maine’s college savings plan, cut the size of state government, reduced regulations and lowered interest payments on previous state borrowing.

LePage’s background and management style were developed in the private sector, and are not the polished, smooth moves of the professional politician, but are the common-sense, down-to-earth solutions of a businessman problem solver. I like him for that. I can see that his blunt, no-nonsense management style is as effective in solving Maine’s problems as it was in the private sector.

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I sincerely look forward to Baldacci‘s decision to run. It will be interesting to see how he defends his failed years as governor, and how he plans to change his ways if elected to another term. I just hope LePage decides to run again.

George Mathews, Auburn

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