Category Archives: Maine Politics

This is pork? LePage vetoes fraud detection and prosecution

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at his May 29 news conference in the Blaine House. Mario Moretto | BDN

Gov. LePage’s press event with a squeaking pig toy and a Christmas tree with ornaments featuring Democratic and Republican legislators was meant to deliver the message that the budget passed by the Maine Legislature was filled with pork. “Pork,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder. LePage also called the Legislature “corrupt.” However, […]

Here’s the clear proof Fredette tax plans favor the rich

House Minority Leader Ken Fredette l Photo credit: Christopher Cousins l BDN

Do the Maine House GOP tax plans favor the rich? House Minority Leader Ken Fredette objected to that characterization in an op-ed Senate President Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said had “thrown a little gasoline on the fire” and contributed to the breakdown of budget negotiations. But what does the evidence show? Take a look at analyses […]

LePage vetoes his own nominees, says he has no clue about budget

BDN photo by Gabor Degre

This week it continues to appear that Gov. LePage is uninterested in normal governance. After acknowledging last week that he hasn’t gotten much done in the Maine Legislature, the governor, in effect, vetoed his own nominees by withdrawing them from consideration. You’d think Gov. LePage would want to fill empty slots of boards and commissions. […]

Is Gov. LePage making himself a lame duck?

Five months after beginning his second term, Gov. Paul LePage seems frustrated by the constitutional limits of his office. In a press conference reminiscent of the poetry of Dylan Thomas — “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light” — the governor identified the objects of his frustration. Some individuals were named. The governor said […]

LePage rant got it really wrong on Kansas

Figure 1: Log coincident indices for Minnesota (blue), Wisconsin (red), California (green), Kansas (teal), and the US (black), normalized to 2011M01=0. ALEC-Laffer Rich States, Poor States, 2014 rankings in brackets. Source: Philadelphia Fed (April release), RSPS 2014, and author Menzie Chinn's calculations.

An angered Gov. LePage, in a press conference last Friday, claimed that critics had it wrong on income taxes and Kansas. He said it simply wasn’t true that Kansas was having trouble and, in fact, Kansas was experiencing the fastest economic growth. Thing is, it was the governor who got it wrong. Here’s a graph […]