Governor releases statement regarding Attorney General’s claims about tobacco settlement money

April 3, 2018

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

Governor Paul R. LePage released a statement today about the Attorney General’s claims that tobacco settlement money could be used for Medicaid expansion.

“We have been trying for years to use the tobacco settlement money for Medicaid programs, but the Attorney General has stood in our way every time. Now that she is running for governor, she suddenly wants to use this money as a one-time budget gimmick to fund Medicaid expansion. This political stunt would be nothing more than a down payment on giving free health care to 80,000 people, which will require ongoing and sustainable long-term funding. If the Attorney General thinks a one-time settlement is enough to fund Medicaid expansion, she won’t make a very good governor.”