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Gov. LePage aims to lower energy costs in Maine

Governor Paul LePage is on a mission to lower energy costs. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Governor Paul LePage is on a mission to lower energy costs.

He has long been a critic of high energy costs, saying it is forcing jobs out of the state.

"I am about lowering the cost of energy without hurting the environment,” LePage said.

At a news conference Thursday morning, the governor challenged lawmakers to find a way lower electricity costs at a minimum from nine cents per kilowatt to seven cents.

He claims that would help Maine compete against other industrial states for jobs, like Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina and Georgia.

"Lowering energy costs allow you to hire better people and you can pay them hire wages. If you have high energy costs, you don't have that money to give people wages and that keeps you poor,” LePage said.

The governor says more needs to be done to keep workers and companies in Maine.

He even says his son is moving to another state that has no income tax and the new job will pay $30,000 more a year.

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