State of the State

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

Hosted by Mal Leary, our panel shares its analysis of Governor LePage's final State of the State address (which he delivered on the evening of February 13).

Guests: Senate President Michael Thibodeau R- Winterport

House Speaker Sara Gideon D-Freeport


Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Paul LePage used his final State of the State speech Tuesday to, at times, wistfully look back at his two terms and, at others, to revive long-simmering tensions with his long list of political foes, including a lengthy broadside against land trusts.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage addressed a joint session of the Maine Legislature at 7 p.m. Tuesday in his final State of the State address.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is going to deliver his final State of the State address next month.
 
His office confirmed that he'll address a joint session of the Maine Legislature on Feb. 13. That's the date proposed by Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau.
 
This will be LePage's last State of the State since he can't seek re-election because of term limits.
 
LePage gave his address in person last year after a one-year hiatus from the longstanding tradition.
 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Gov. Paul LePage used his annual State of the State address to urge lawmakers to approve his $6.8 billion budget and to alter what he sees as flaws in two laws passed by voters in November.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has submitted an eight-page State of the State address to lawmakers.  But don't expect the governor to follow up with a flurry of bills to accomplish his goals.

Anyone who has attended any of the governor's town meetings is aware of his priorities.  High on the list is welfare and tax reform. In his letter to lawmakers, LePage outlines nine welfare changes he would like to see, as well as a sweeping tax reform plan that would eventually repeal the state income tax.

MPBN file

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage says he is ending a long tradition in which the chief executive delivers an annual State of the State address to the Legislature.