Governor LePage Responds to Janet Mills's Request to Halt State Contracting
December 11, 2018
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has sent a letter responding to Governor-elect Janet Mills's letters to the commissioners of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, requesting that the State "not finalize any contracts until after January 2, 2019," and additionally requesting a list of pending and expiring contracts.
"It is inappropriate to request that ongoing work on behalf of the people of Maine be halted for more than three weeks and sit there until you are inaugurated," wrote Governor LePage. "A smooth transition implies that the routine work of state government goes on uninterrupted. Contracting is part of that work."
He continued, "You look to halt all procurement of state government for all agencies for all amounts. If I did this, I would not be transitioning government; I would be abdicating my responsibilities. Acquiescing to your request would place contractors that have routinely provided quality service to the State into chaos, not knowing when the contract might be issued or renewed, and causing potential--and needless--layoffs of their employees."
The letter from Governor LePage and the letters from Governor-elect Mills to the commissioners are available at the links below.