(UPDATED) Paul LePage Sets New Maine Veto Record (LIST)

Posted on April 2, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

UPDATE: Apparently LePage decided to veto more bills today since this was originally posted, increasing the current number to 125 vetoes.

Among this afternoon’s additions was LD 1552, Resolve, To Provide for an Analysis of MaineCare Rates for Facility-based Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities and a Report on the Analysis, addressing longstanding problems with the reimbursement system for providers. The bill calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to analyze the rates, the costs and the needs of the children and look for cost-saving initiatives.

HHS Chairs Sen. Craven and Rep. Farnsworth question DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew during public hearing. Also pictured, Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville)

HHS Chairs Sen. Craven and Rep. Farnsworth question DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew during public hearing. Also pictured, Sen. Colleen Lachowicz (D-Waterville)

HHS Committee Chair Rep. Richard Farnsworth, who sponsored the bill and also sits on the Autism Society of Maine board, issued the following statement:

    “The governor likes to talk about the state’s most vulnerable citizens. These children are our most vulnerable Mainers. Specialized preschool services for children with developmental disabilities like autism are among the best ways to prepare them for success in their later school years.

    Despite what the governor says, the department has not initiated the important steps of modernizing this outdated reimbursement system. The department has proven that it needs direction from the Legislature to accomplish this task, improve services for these children and make wise use of taxpayer dollars.”

autismblueIt needs to be noted that April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Awareness Day. Despite the fact that Maine has one of the highest incidence rates in the nation, neither LePage nor his administration has ever made mention or notice of this since he was first sworn into office in 2011.

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lepage sots angry selfContinuing on his message of “My Way Or The Highway”, Maine Governor Paul LePage this week set a rather dubious benchmark for future governors by vetoing now 122 pieces of legislation. No doubt that the current number of vetoes will increase before the end of the current legislative session. The previous veto record was 118, set by independent Gov. James Longley (1975-1979).

Earlier today, 3 of his vetoes were overridden in the House and now go to the Senate.

Here is a list of Governor Paul LePage’s record setting vetoes with issued statements.

(OVERRIDDEN) House: 136-6; Senate 33-1.

(OVERRIDDEN) House: 129-12; Senate 29-5.

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