Maine Governor Paul LePage’s 2014 State Of The State Address (VIDEOS, TEXT, PHOTOS)

Posted Saturday, February 8, 2014 in Politics

Maine Governor Paul LePage’s 2014 State Of The State Address (VIDEOS, TEXT, PHOTOS)

by Andi Parkinson

Maine Governor Paul LePage stood before a joint convention of the 126th Legislature on Tuesday evening and gave his 2014 State of the State Address.

As expected, LePage touched upon a number of topics already known to be potential focal points, touted what some fellow Republicans had earlier described as accomplishments by the administration and put forth some surprising new proposals, including creation of what he described as “Open for Business Zones”, which would benefit large companies with discounted electrical rates, access to Maine capital, decreased tax rates and be free of unions, ie, small in-state “right to work” zones. Few specifics on these zones have yet to be released by the administration other than that covered by the Governor in his address.

LePage surprised lawmakers by calling for a statewide TABOR referendum, similar to the efforts that voters voted down in 2006 and 2009.

He also seized the opportunity to speak before a large television audience as an opportunity to go off script, scolding legislators and deliver much of the same rhetoric that Maine has heard from LePage many times over the past three years in what some labelled a campaign defining moment:

Reactions to the governor’s speech by Democrats and a large number of organizations from around the state will be shared in a follow up post.

Full video of the Governor’s address is being shared in 3 parts; this is the first portion.

 


PART 2 
PART 3


Photos taken from within the House chamber include some from the Democratic leadership press conference held immediately after the conclusion of LePage’s speech.

Text of Governor LePage’s 14 page speech, as prepared for delivery

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        JOBS/ECONOMY

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        MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

GOP rises to applaud as LePage restates his views on EBT fraud, which his own documentation found to be at a rate of 0.2%.

GOP rises to applaud as LePage restates his views on EBT fraud, which his own documentation found to be at a rate of 0.2%.

        WELFARE REFORM 

        EDUCATION

       TAX REFORM

        States with the highest economic growth often have the lowest overall tax burdens.

        CONCLUSION

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