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LePage to Democrats: I'll give up my pension if you pay the hospitals

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AUGUSTA – Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage said Wednesday via Twitter that he would give up his pension if Democratic leaders in Augusta would simply agree to his proposal to repay Maine’s hospitals with revenue from the liquor contract.

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The Governor, who is enjoying his yearly vacation in Jamaica, offered the deal in response to Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson’s (D-Allagash) attempt to take away pensions from governor’s who do not serve two terms.

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Jackson’s bill, which comes amid serious debates over Maine’s budget, was widely acknowledged by both Republicans and Democrats as a partisan attack on the Governor.

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Although  Democrats have decided to back away from their pension-grabbing bill after this week’s State House deliberations, it is unclear whether they will agree to LePage’s hospital repayment proposal.

State House sources were not optimistic about the Democrats willingness to compromise.

 

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About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson was the editor of The Maine Wire from 2013 through 2014. A native of Dexter, Maine, Robinson is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and is currently a Producer for The Howie Carr Show in Boston.

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