LePage skips White House meeting with governors


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has skipped a White House meeting on the final day of the National Governors Association to return to his home state.

MaineToday Media reports that LePage’s spokeswoman didn’t say why LePage left Washington on Monday ahead of the final event of the National Governors Association winter meeting.

LePage attended Sunday night’s dinner hosted by President Barack Obama; Monday’s session focused on policy discussion with the president. The president urged governors Monday to boost funding for education, something LePage has done with his budget in Maine.

On his proposed welfare cuts, LePage told MaineToday Media that he isn’t optimistic that the federal government will go along with some of his proposed Medicaid changes.