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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is apologizing to Maine loggers for comments aimed at state Sen. Troy Jackson - but he's not apologizing to Jackson.

LePage said Friday he's sorry he lumped in loggers with critical comments he made Thursday about Jackson, who's a logger. In criticizing Jackson over the state budget, LePage said "people like Jackson ought to go back in the woods and cut trees and let somebody with a brain come down here and do some work."

LePage said he's also sorry if anybody was offended by the sexually vulgar phrase he used in targeting Jackson when expressing frustration with the budget, which he plans to veto.

LePage said his remark was intended "to wake people of Maine up" to the fact that legislators are raising taxes.

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