Governor launches new attack on Democratic leaders

7:01 PM, Mar 13, 2014   |    comments
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NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Governor Paul LePage lashed out again today at Democratic leaders of the Maine Legislature.

In an interview with NEWS CENTER'S Don Carrigan, and then in a speech to an audience of business leaders at the Maine Manufacturing Summit, the Governor accused the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate of being "irresponsible, and bordering on incompetent".

The comments came as the Governor was talking about his ongoing fight with Democratic leaders over allowing the sale of bonds for capital construction projects. The Governor says he will not allow the sale until the Legislature restores $21 million to the state's "rainy day fund". The money was taken out of that fund by a Democratic bill to prevent cuts to municipal revenue sharing. The Governor claims reducing the rainy day fund will lower the state's bond rating and make it more expensive to borrow money.

Democrats claim they have been assured by bond rating agencies that as long as they have a plan to rebuild the fund, which is included in the bill, the state's bond rating won't be affected.

Watch the second video to see the response from Maine State Senate President Justin Alfond.

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