LePage to be the only official to testify to Legislature

Posted Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in News

LePage to be the only official to testify to Legislature

by Andi Parkinson

AUGUSTA -- Friday, Gov. Paul LePage declared that he would be the sole person from the administration to speak to the Appropriations Committee in the wake of that body's refusal to 'entertain' the governor after hearing testimony from both Sawin Millett and DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew on a possible DHHS shortfall during a work session a week ago Sunday.

paul staring at camera

LePage has instructed state department commissioners to stop appearing before the Legislature's budget-writing committee.

If someone from the administration is asked to speak before the committee, according to the governor’s office, it will be LePage himself.

House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, condemned the move on Friday, while a LePage spokeswoman said it should not affect the committee’s work and the administration will provide all necessary information to lawmakers.

Forty-eight hours after he tried to open a concluded work session he tried to gate-crash, the Governor has issued the following statement to Appropriations via press release:

Here again is the video clip of Governor LePage attempting to interrupt the concluded first portion of Sunday’s Appropriations Committee work session.

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