- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is scheduled to deliver a State of the State address after a one-year hiatus from the longstanding tradition.

Aides to Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said legislative leaders worked with the governor’s office to schedule the address for Feb. 7.

LePage’s office had no immediate comment Thursday.

The governor last year chose to deliver a letter to legislators rather than deliver a speech to a joint session of the Legislature as has been custom.

LePage said he wanted to forgo the “pomp and circumstance” of a formal address.

His nine-page letter was issued a month after a failed impeachment vote. It focused on reforming welfare, cutting income taxes, lowering energy costs, reducing student debt and fighting the drug crisis.

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