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For Immediate Release

Date: 03/01/13

Republican Legislative Leadership Meets with Governor LePage

Calls on Democrats to meet, come up with plan to pay Maine's bills

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette and Senate Republican Leader Mike Thibodeau met with Governor LePage this afternoon. It was a productive meeting where all three discussed the Democrats' continued delay of the plan to pay Maine's bills and create jobs.

The number one priority of Republicans is to pay Maine's debts to its hospitals while creating jobs and doing something responsible with the liquor revenue.

Republican leadership sought to discuss the Governor's concerns with the delay of the hospital bill. The Governor elaborated on his earlier comments, telling Republican leadership that he would not consider signing legislation that does not have broad, bipartisan support or promote job creation until the hospital debt is paid.

"It's important to remember that the Legislature will continue to do its work," said Rep. Fredette, "We must prioritize paying Maine's hospital debt and putting people back to work."

"It's time for the Democrats to do the responsible thing and help us pay Maine's bills," said Sen. Thibodeau. "The Legislature has been a black hole for money, and that's not the right place for the liquor revenue. We should use it to create jobs and pay off debt, not enable more big-government overspending."

Gov. LePage and Republican leadership call on Democrats to meet with them to find a solution for finally paying Maine's outstanding hospital debt.


David Sorensen, Communications Director
Maine House Republicans
Tel: (207) 205-7793