Governor Paul LePage - News

Press releases issued by the Governor's office.
  1. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has sent a letter responding to Governor-elect Janet Mills's letters to the commissioners of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, requesting that the State "not finalize any contracts until after January 2, 2019," and additionally requesting a list of pending and expiring contracts.

    "It is inappropriate to request that ongoing work on behalf of the people of Maine be halted for more than three weeks and sit there until you are inaugurated," wrote Governor LePage. "A smooth transition implies that the routine work of state government goes on uninterrupted. Contracting is part of that work."

    He continued, "You look to halt all procurement of state government for all agencies for all amounts. If I did this, I would not be transitioning government; I would be abdicating my responsibilities. Acquiescing to your request would place contractors that have routinely provided quality service to the State into chaos, not knowing when the contract might be issued or renewed, and causing potential--and needless--layoffs of their employees."

    The letter from Governor LePage and the letters from Governor-elect Mills to the commissioners are available at the links below.
  2. For Immediate Release: Monday, December 3, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul R. LePage has directed that all executive branch State of Maine offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, who passed away Friday, November 30 at the age of 94.

    "President Bush is Maine's president," stated Governor LePage. "The Bush family's active participation in the Kennebunkport community has touched many lives. During his presidency, national and world leaders came to Walker's Point to address issues of national and international importance in the peaceful and beautiful setting of the Maine coast in the summer. Our people recall these memories with sadness but joy knowing that he and his wonderful wife are at peace together, having lived long and fruitful lives of service."

    This closure will affect non-essential executive branch state employees. Executive branch employees will receive additional information from their agency heads prior to the National Day of Mourning.

    Public schools are not covered by this directive. Governor LePage stated, "I encourage our schools to use the National Day of Mourning as an important opportunity to learn about the life and legacy of President Bush, including such potential topics as the American Presidency, World War II and the Cold War. Schools should exercise their judgement as to age-appropriateness regarding watching the State Funeral."
  3. For Immediate Release: Saturday, December 1, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, julie.rabinowitz@maine.gov

    AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage has issued the following statement on the death of President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night at the age of 94.

    "It was with great sadness that Ann and I heard the news last night of the passing of President Bush. America has lost an icon," stated Governor LePage. "He can now rest with his beloved Barbara."

    "President Bush has been an unwavering supporter of Maine and a vibrant part of the Kennebunkport community for decades. We shall keep the Bush family in our hearts at this difficult time. On behalf of the people of Maine, we send our deepest condolences. Know that President Bush's life and legacy of public service will be an eternal source of hope and inspiration for the people of Maine and around the world," Governor LePage said. "America has lost a true gentle-man."
  4. For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    AUGUSTA--Governor Paul R. LePage has issued the following statement on the election results.

    "I thank all the candidates for stepping up to serve the people of Maine and congratulate all the winners of yesterday's election," stated Governor LePage. "Mainers have entrusted you with the future of our state and to represent all of the people. Please hold that trust sacred. In addition, I specifically wish Governor-Elect Janet Mills well in her new role."
  5. For Immediate Release: Friday, November 9, 2018 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

    **The Governor's last food drive will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.**

    AUGUSTA - The First Family invites the public to visit the Blaine House for the eighth year in a row to assist fellow Mainers who are food insecure. Since Governor Paul R. LePage and First Lady Ann LePage began the food drive in 2011, they have collected thousands of pounds of food for pantries and shelters across Maine.

    The last food drive of the Governor's term in office will take place on Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Mainers will have an opportunity to bring a food donation, take a tour of the Blaine House led by Governor LePage and enjoy light refreshments.

    "Our family has been blessed, and we have appreciated this opportunity to give back in a meaningful way each year of my time in office," said Governor LePage. "It is heartwarming to see our neighbors, friends, co-workers, students and various groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts dropping off donations year after year. As Governor, I have seen how generous the Maine people are and we thank them for their support of their neighbors in need."

    The Good Shepherd Food Bank will accept all donations brought to the Blaine House. The Good Shepherd Food Bank will distribute the donations to the communities they have identified as most in need.