AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Governor Paul LePage says he has a Major plan for Maine, and wants to call the Legislature into a special session to deal with it before the election.
The Governor dropped that bombshell Wednesday night at a Republican fundraiser in Bangor. He told the audience he has asked the Attorney general to make sure the plan complies with the Maine Constitution. If it does, he will call the Legislature back to Augusta to vote on it.
The recording of the speech was provided to Bangor Daily News blogger Mike Tipping, who then posted it on the newspaper's web site.
In the recording, the Governor gave no details of the plan, but he told the Bangor audience "I'm just trying to do what other Republican states have done this year and I gotta wait before I say too much more about it, but what I'm telling you is this: If we get this done, the state of Maine will be on the right track for the next ten years. I promise you that."
The Governor's Communications Director Adrienne Bennett confirmed the comments today, but provided no further details of the plan. She said the idea originated with staff members, and also said it is not something the Governor has proposed to the Legislature before.
Legislative leaders in both parties were apparently caught off-guard by the Governor's announcement, saying they had no idea what the proposal is. Republican leaders received some information during the day Thursday, while Democrats asked for a briefing. Democratic leaders said the Governor should go public with the plan, so that Maine people know what's being proposed.
As for the possibility of a Special Session before Election Day, several legislators said there is already a session for the Senate scheduled for September 6. That session will deal with confirmations to state jobs, and said they would rather not have to take time away from jobs or campaigning.
Republicans hold the majority in both the House and Senate right now, but that could change in the November election. The Governor suggested in his Bangor comments that he could get that GOP majority to pass the proposal, while Democrats would not like it: "...and the Democrats, if you think they hate me now... Wow."
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