Maine Democrats: LePage should release bonds

6:44 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Democratic legislative leaders are calling on Gov. Paul LePage to release voter-approved bonds dating back to 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Seth Goodall of Richmond said Thursday that the bond investment would boost Maine's economy by putting people back to work.

Democrats say LePage has prevented the investment of $296 million in state and federal dollars into Maine's economy by putting a hold on bonds approved by voters more than two and half years ago. They say LePage is artificially linking release of the bonds to passage of his plan to repay hospitals a $484 million Medicaid debt.

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport says the Democrats are just looking for a way to distract from the issue they really don't want to confront - LePage's hospital repayment plan.

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