Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:34

LePage delivers final State of the State address Featured

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AUGUSTA - For eight years, one family has resided in the Blaine House, but that changes next January.

 

Monday evening, for the final time, Paul Richard LePage addressed the House of Representatives, and thousands of citizens at home.

 

Tonight, I'm here to speak to you about the future of Maine, the future of this great state," the governor said. "We've made some progress, but there is so much more we could've done."

 

Before the speech, we met with representatives from both major parties who echoed LePage's working message.

 

"Obviously, he's got a short period of time left," Assistant Minority Leader Ellie Espling said. "So I'm sure he'll highlight the things most important to him that he sees necessary to get done before he's termed out of office."

 

"I always appreciate the State of the State," Majority Leader Erin Herbig said. "I think it is a signal of a fresh start to a new year for both of us to all start at the table and work together. I really value the bipartisan work that goes on in Augusta."

 

Both leaders wanted to hear positive words about helping the elderly, and LePage wasted little time in his speech.

 

"Our elderly, our physically and intellectually disabled, and even our youth are being left out of the process," he said.

 

The governor also wasted no time squaring off with liberals, as he is famous for.

 

"I have heard that the left is compassionate," he went on. "Subsidizing solar panels for wealthy homeowners at the expense of the poorest people in Maine is not compassion."

 

And in conclusion, the polarizing two-term executive leader reflected on his time in office.

 

"I will tell you, there's not one day or one second in the last seven years as your governor that every decision that I tried to make was not for the betterment of the state of Maine... God bless the state of Maine, God bless all of you, and God bless America."

 

 

The 2018 State of the State address can be viewed here in its entirety.

 

 

David Guildford

Weekend Anchor/Reporter
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David joined the news team in March of 2017. First and foremost he is a proud Mainer. Before reporting for ABC7 and FOX22, he interned at WLBZ2 in Bangor, and attended the University of Maine's journalism program.

David was raised in the western Maine foothills, and has been a lifelong viewer of local Maine news. He hopes to bring this perspective to telling the stories of folks in the community.

When not on the job, David enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the family camp on Branch Lake, and playing slow-pitch softball with the other Bangor gym class heroes.