Governor's energy bill turning into a political football as session winds down
After LePage returned from a vacation, he blasted lawmakers for rewriting his bill and blamed special interest groups for the changes."I do not support Augusta being in the business of increasing costs on Maine ratepayers to pad the pockets of special interest groups," he said in a statement last Friday. "I believe it is morally and ethically wrong to take more money from those who can least afford it to line the pockets of those that are politically connected here in Augusta."
April 5, 2012
by Eric Russell
in Bangor Daily News
AUGUSTA, Maine - Ever since one of the Gov. Paul LePage's energy bills was amended and then voted out by a majority of lawmakers on the Energy Committee, his energy director and others have been working hard to return the bill to its original intent.
So far, Kenneth Fletcher, the director of the Office of Energy Independence, has been unsuccessful, but Senate leaders have continued to defer action on the bill to let him and others continue to lobby.
Eventually, LD 1863 will have to be voted on since the legislative session is scheduled to wrap... [continue via Web link]