AUGUSTA (WGME) – In his final State of the State address, Governor Paul LePage focused on what he calls “fiscal sanity.”
"To all the hard-working Maine taxpayers out there, it has been marvelous and the biggest honor of my life to serve you," LePage said.
A frequent theme, protecting taxpayers, starting, Governor LePage says, with the property tax relief by going after land trusts and others that he says have taken hundreds of millions of dollars off of Maine’s tax rolls.
“You can continue to put land on conservation and I compliment you for it. Let's save the planet. But let's pay a fair share You need to pay your taxes," LePage said.
The governor also took aim once again at the voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid to an estimated 80,000 low income Mainers. Governor LePage says that's fine if lawmakers can pay for it without any tax increases, or what he calls “gimmicks.”
“I will tell you right now. I take you to your word. Show me the money and put it in writing," LePage said.
The governor also called for interest-free student loans for more young Mainers to go to college in Maine, for referendum reform and for what he calls pro-business policies for job growth.
“Those were the promises I made, and those are the promises I have kept. I promise to continue to fight for you until 11:59 a.m. on Inauguration Day,” LePage said.