- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he thinks the state will lose thousands of jobs this summer.

LePage predicted at a Biddeford town hall on Tuesday that Maine will shed 1,200 to 1,500 jobs this summer in paper and other industries.

The Republican governor says “every single job” he’s talking about pays well above the state’s median income. He appeared to blame job loss on Maine’s tax policies, but didn’t offer details. He cited high energy costs as a reason the state can’t keep employers.

He had said earlier this year that a southern Maine company was about to shed 900 jobs.

LePage also indicated he would veto a bill to expand the state’s solar industry, saying it would raise energy prices.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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