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Gov. LePage lashes out at lawmakers over bill

Governor Paul LePage lashed out at lawmakers again Thursday, over what he considers unfinished business to help some of Maine's elderly. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – Governor Paul LePage lashed out at lawmakers again Thursday, over what he considers unfinished business to help some of Maine's elderly.

Governor LePage is furious that the Senate left his bill tabled, that he says would have helped elderly Mainers, struggling to pay their property taxes, stay in their homes.

"Mike Thibodeau, Garrett Mason, Troy Jackson in the Senate will not take up the elderly bill,” LePage said. “They are the most ridiculous people in the world."

Governor LePage cited a handful of elderly Mainers he says are now struggling to keep up with their taxes.

He's angry that members of his own party, in particular Senate President Mike Thibodeau, would table a bill that he says would help the elderly keep their homes.

"And I know that Mike Thibodeau doesn't like me. And I know Mike Thibodeau is termed out. But that's no reason to hurt the elderly people in the State of Maine," LePage said. "And I will tell you, if the republicans are the ones holding this bill back, I hope that the republicans get destroyed in November."

There has been no response yet from the senate president, but his counterpart, the Democratic Speaker of the House, questioned why, if this is so important to the governor, did he wait until veto day to bring this up.

"For all of these months that he is complaining about, that bill has been tabled in the Senate for quite a while,” Rep. Sara Gideon said. “He should be having personal conversations with the Senate President."

The governor says there is a high likelihood he will call another special legislative session to deal with unfinished legislation he submitted, like the elderly bill.

"If they don't want to do their jobs, then I'm not going to let them campaign,” LePage said. “They're going to be in this building and they're going to be working."

The governor says this is the most dysfunctional legislative session in recent history.

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