- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is headed to Washington, D.C., as a state budget shutdown looms large back home in Maine.

The Trump administration invited the governor to participate in an energy-themed event on Wednesday. LePage’s office declined to provide details.

LePage has been fighting to lower energy costs, saying Maine’s high energy costs are a major impediment to economic development.

LePage is a frequent visitor to the nation’s capital this year. His most recent trip was to testify before a congressional panel about the Katahdin (kuh-TAH’-dihn) Woods and Waters National Monument that he opposes.

Unlike previous governors, LePage’s office doesn’t publicize his schedule and rarely announces beforehand his travels for official business.

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