AUGUSTA — Lawmakers got a Christmas present from Gov. Paul LePage: A pamphlet called “Understanding and Appreciating the Value of Money.”

LePage spokesman Peter Steele said the governor discovered the book when it was sent to him by its author, who wrote it originally for his granddaughter.

Steele said LePage “thought it would be good for some of the legislators to have a basic understanding of how money and finance work” ahead of the session and that “too many legislators play politics with the taxpayers’ money.”

“It is a simple reminder that no matter what kind of political nonsense happens in the State House, Mainers expect their legislators to be fiscally responsible with their hard-earned tax dollars,” he said.

The pamphlets were delivered to lawmakers’ offices last week, but not all of them have gotten the message: Lindsay Crete, a spokeswoman for House Democrats, said Wednesday that the office got enough copies for all caucus members, but they haven’t been delivered to lawmakers yet.

It’s a continuation of what has been a sarcastic LePage tradition.

Last Christmas, he sent some Republican lawmakers a political allegory book called “If You’re Riding a Horse and It Dies, Get Off.” And in June 2015, he put up a Christmas tree and held a news conference puncuated by a honking toy pig to oppose the Legislature’s compromise budget.

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