ORONO- A smaller turnout at the governor’s town hall meeting Wednesday night in Orono, but attendees still were hungry for information.
“You are the executive and the enforcer of legal rights for us people here in Maine,” said one attendee.
Aside from the governor’s typical go-to talking points- taxes, student debt, and drugs- another wide array of topics were also brought up at the event, including paper mill closures, opportunities for young people in the state, and plans for the local government to help municipalities.
“We have several different law enforcement, several different chiefs, deputies, sergeants, we can make it all one, and we can be far more efficient,” said Governor Paul Lepage.
Governor LePage challenged with certain questions, such as caring for the elderly and disabled.
“I eliminated the wait-list in the budget for people with disabilities, elderly, and people with mental illness, and then the democratically controlled legislature and the republican controlled senate overrode my vetoes,” said LePage.
Another charged topic including the closure of several of Maine’s paper mills, with LePage saying they left because of our rules and regulations.
“When that mill closed, it sold for 59 million dollars. They were being taxed on a value of 700 million dollars. I think we gouged them a little bit,” said LePage.
And while some people left feeling as though the governor answered all of their questions..
“I think he did a good job.”
Others left feeling their questions were unanswered…
“I don’t think i got a real answer. I feel like he told me the legislation was to blame…”
Governor LePage commenting on the legislature, saying it’s a dome that pulls the common sense out of people.