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Governor LePage Announces Nick Adolphsen to Serve as Senior Health Policy Advisor

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:22:23 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Nick Adolphsen has joined the Office of the Governor as his Senior Health Policy Advisor. As Senior Health Policy Advisor, Adolphsen counsels the Governor on health care and health insurance-related legislation and regulation.

"I have been very pleased with the expertise Nick has brought to our office already and expect him to continue to play a significant role in health care policy moving forward," said Governor LePage.

Adolphsen previously served as Director of Government Relations and Policy for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where he worked from 2011 managing and developing legislation, budget proposals and implementing newly approved public laws. Adolphsen replaces David Sorensen, who now serves as speech writer for President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C.

Adolphsen will assist Governor LePage as he continues to be engaged in health care policy on a national level during debate in Congress over the American Health Care Act. Of particular importance to the nation and Maine is a proposed prohibition on further expansion of Medicaid. "If Maine were to choose to expand Medicaid today, it would cost an estimated $375 million over the next 5 years, saddling Maine's taxpayers with a significant increase to our General Fund budget," said Governor LePage. Prior to his work at the Department of Health and Human Services, Adolphsen served the Maine House of Representatives Republican Office, where he worked on behalf of 13 State Representatives as a point of contact for constituents, resolving constituent matters involving various state agencies and local government officials, and provided detailed information on legislation. Adolphsen also was campaign manager for Maine State Senate candidates in 2010.

Adolphsen has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Maine, Orono.



Governor LePage Announces Departure of Adrienne Bennett, Thanks her for Public Service

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:50:38 EDT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today announced his long-time press secretary Adrienne Bennett will step down from her post at the beginning of August to take a position in the private sector. Bennett has been the primary spokesperson for Governor LePage and his Administration since January 5, 2011.

"Adrienne has been a vital part of our team since the day I took office, and we will miss her greatly," said Governor LePage. "With her tenacity, experience and insight into the media business, she was able to handle a very difficult job with poise and composure. She maintained grace under fire from a hostile media that was more interested in sensationalism than the many important policy goals we have achieved. I will miss Adrienne's guidance and advice - even if I didn't take it all the time. On behalf of our administration and the people of Maine, I thank her for her years of dedicated public service. We are sorry to see her go, but we wish her all the best in this next well-deserved chapter in her life."

Bennett will return to the private sector as Vice President and Marketing & Communications Director for Kennebec Savings Bank, headquartered in Augusta. Her last day at the Office of the Governor will be August 2.

Bennett, who resides in Augusta, says she is tremendously grateful for the faith the Governor has shown in her ability to take the leading role in public communications for his Administration.

"It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve our Governor and the people of Maine. The past seven years have been simultaneously the most challenging and the most exciting years of my life," said Bennett. "While it was certainly demanding, this job has been an incredibly rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience, mainly because of the leadership within the Office of the Governor and the people I encounter every day. Make no mistake, through sheer force of will Governor LePage has forever changed Maine's political and historical landscape. As Governor, he will leave a lasting legacy for our great State, as well as for the people of Maine he has worked so hard for. I am proud to have served a small role in his remarkable journey."

Previous to her work at the Office of the Governor, Bennett was the Waterville bureau chief reporter from 2007 to 2011 at WABI TV5. She also held positions at the station as executive producer and videographer, beginning in 2002. Bennett has also volunteered for the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center in Winthrop since 2005 and is a member of the Maine Domestic Violence and Abuse Commission.




Republicans Stand Strong, Eliminate Tax Increase from Budget; Government Shutdown Ends

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 01:13:02 EDT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - A three-day state government shutdown ended early Tuesday morning with a signature from Maine Republican Governor Paul R. LePage on the biennial budget for fiscal years 2018-19.

Negotiations on the budget went late into Monday night as the Governor hosted multiple meetings in his Cabinet Room with House Speaker Sara Gideon, Republican House Minority Leader Ken Fredette and other House Republicans.

"I thank legislators for doing the right thing by passing a budget that does not increase taxes on the Maine people," said Governor LePage. "I especially thank the House Republicans for standing strong throughout these very tough budget negotiations to protect Mainers from an unnecessary tax hike. I am pleased to announce state government will reopen and resume normal operations. Since it is the Fourth of July, Ann and I hope all Mainers enjoy a wonderful day with families and loved ones in celebration our great country's Independence Day."

The pace of budget negotiations quickened after Governor LePage met Monday afternoon with House Republicans and pledged to sign a budget that eliminated an increase in the lodging tax from 9 percent to 10.5 percent. Legislators voted on the bill early Tuesday morning with the House voting 147-2 and Senate 35-0.

Governor LePage's Executive Order directing state government to shut down was terminated Monday night by Executive Proclamation.



Governor takes action to give state employees Monday off with pay

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 21:22:19 EDT

For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 02, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

Since the Legislature has still failed to put a budget in place, Governor Paul R. LePage has announced he will allow state employees to take administrative leave with pay for Monday, July 3.

This is the same authority the Governor exercises in administratively closing non-emergency state offices the day before Christmas or Thanksgiving so employees can enjoy an extended holiday with their families and loved ones.

In addition, the Governor will provide employees already working as designated emergency personnel on Monday with compensatory time off for the work they perform on that day.

"Speaker of the House Sara Gideon is intent on prolonging the state government shutdown and making it uncertain whether state employees who have been forced out of work will get paid for Monday," said Governor LePage. "It is unconscionable for state workers to lose a day's pay because of the Legislature's repeated failure to put a budget on my desk."

Assuming the Legislature does the right thing and funds state government operations from July 1 forward, these employees will get paid.

"I encourage our state employees to spend their day off Monday enjoying our state parks and all the wonderful summer activities Maine has to offer," the Governor said. "Hopefully, Speaker Gideon will ensure the Legislature is working hard tomorrow to pass a budget while our state workers enjoy a much-deserved day off with pay."




Governor Declares Civil Emergency Effective Midnight, Ensures Mainers Receive Benefits

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:11:39 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 30, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531 AUGUSTA - In the event no budget is signed into law by the end of the fiscal year, Governor Paul R. LePage has signed a proclamation (see attached) declaring a civil emergency and an Executive Order directing state departments and agencies to take the necessary steps for a state government shutdown. The Order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2017 and remains in effect until the state of emergency is terminated by Executive Proclamation or until 5 p.m. on July 3, 2017, whichever is earlier. "This is not about today or tomorrow," said Governor Paul LePage. "This is about the future of Maine. The Maine people are taxed enough. I will not tax them anymore and in my budget overall taxes were decreased. Maine has plenty of revenue to fund state government without raising taxes." Governor LePage submitted his budget in January to the Legislature. Even after six months of inaction, Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) extended the session twice during the past two weeks. "We do not want to harm state employees or any other of the 1.3 million Mainers who live in our great state," Governor LePage said. "They should not have to pay more taxes just because the Speaker of the House and Senate President want to go home for the weekend." The LePage Administration announced Friday it will continue to pay most benefits administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. "We are very fortunate as a State to be in the position to pay welfare and unemployment benefits during a shutdown," Governor LePage said. "This is only because of the strong fiscal management we have implemented over the past seven years. Previous administrations lived day by day, ran huge deficits and could not make it through a shutdown. Because of our strong fiscal responsibility and financial discipline, we have enough in our accounts to make sure we can provide these payments." The Office of the Governor will continue to review requests as necessary. If the state of emergency still exists by 12:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017, the Order will be reviewed and revised accordingly. Additionally, Governor LePage continues to review designations of emergency personnel on a case-by-case basis and he has already designated the following functions as emergency during a state shutdown to provide for the health and safety of the public and protection of state property, including revenues. State facilities and programs that remain open include: Department of Health & Human Services: • TANF, SNAP and MaineCare payments will be made. • The Office of MaineCare Services will execute the scheduled July 5 MaineCare cycle process, ensuring there is no disruption to claims payments in Maine's Medicaid program. The Department's ability to make this payment is due to the LePage Administration's disciplined financial management of taxpayer resources that fund the MaineCare program. • The Office of Child and Family Services will execute the scheduled July 5 child care subsidy and child welfare payments, ensuring there is no disruption to Maine's child care and child welfare programs. The Department's ability to make these payments is due to the LePage Administration's disciplined financial management of taxpayer resources that fund these programs. • The Office for Family Independence will make July payments for the TANF and SNAP programs. Program beneficiaries have access to their respective benefits as previously scheduled. The Office for Family Independence would continue to accept and make eligibility determinations for MaineCare, TANF and SNAP. • The Office of Child and Family Services will remain operational. Central Intake will be staffed on a 24/7 basis to receive calls related to child abuse and neglect and respond to the needs of children in foster care and adults under public guardianship or conservationship. Adult and Childr[...]



Legislature's Failure to Act on Budget Forces Governor to Prepare Civil Preparedness Emergency Order

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:30 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage is prepared to issue a Civil Preparedness Emergency Order as a result of the State of Maine Legislature's failure to deliver a budget by the end of the fiscal year, which would prevent a government shutdown.

"The Legislature has had six months to address the budget I sent to them. Now we are in the eleventh hour and liberal Democrats have still refused to budge, which will lead to a government shutdown," said Governor LePage. "These Democrats are not interested in a budget that benefits hard-working Maine taxpayers. They are being controlled by labor union bosses and radical activists at the Maine People's Alliance."

Preparing for the likelihood and severity of government shutdown, Governor LePage last week directed commissioners of every department, as well as the Treasurer, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Attorney General, to determine which employees will work and which services are provided during the duration of a Declaration of Civil Emergency.

"The Executive Branch and the Judiciary are making plans and taking every precaution to ensure there is minimal impact on Mainers during a government shutdown," said the Governor. "However, the Legislature is not working with the Executive Branch and does not appear to be making any preparations."

While Governor LePage continues to review designations of emergency personnel on a case-by-case basis, he has already designated the following functions as emergency. Commissioners have taken planning steps to ensure that the following functions continue during a potential state shutdown to provide for the health and safety of the public and protection of state property, including revenues:

DOC: All correctional facilities

DHHS: Psychiatric hospitals (DDPC and Riverview)

Law enforcement / First responders, including: • DPS: State Police, Capitol Police, MDEA and Fire Marshal • IF&W: Warden Service • DMR: Marine Patrol • ACF: Forest Protection (on-call basis)

State Parks, including: • ACF: All State Parks • Baxter State Park • IF&W: Maine Wildlife Park, Swan Island

DAFS / Maine Revenue Services

OIT: limited operations to support emergency functions and protect infrastructure, with on-call support, as needed

All other requests that commissioners have submitted to the Office of the Governor will continue to be reviewed.

If a Declaration of Civil Emergency is issued, the Order will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1, 2017, and remain in effect until the state of emergency is terminated by Executive Proclamation, or until 12:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017, whichever is earlier.

If the state of emergency still exists by 12:00 a.m. on July 3, 2017, the Order will be reviewed and revised accordingly.



Governor LePage Supports Effort to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:15:18 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA -Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today about Republican efforts in Washington. D.C. to enact meaningful health care reform.

"I fully support the President's efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which has been disastrous for our nation, with real reform that lowers costs and provides the American people with high-quality health care," Governor LePage said. "If the Senate's version of the health care bill includes a couple of improvements, I would be glad to endorse it. First, Medicaid expansion should be frozen. If states have not already expanded Medicaid, they should not be allowed to. As Maine's experience has already proven, Medicaid expansion is ruinous to a state's fiscal health. Second, invisible risk pools must be included as a way to reduce premiums and increase access to health insurance. This reform has the potential to drive affordable health insurance for the entire nation."

Governor LePage met this morning with U.S. Senator Susan Collins in Washington, D.C. to discuss his concerns with the Senate's proposal for health care reform. His concerns are outlined in the attached letter to Senator Collins. The Governor also sent a letter to Senator Angus King.

"Rather than seeking a starring role in Washington's latest hyper-partisan drama, Senator King should focus his efforts on doing what is right for the Maine people he was elected to represent," said Governor LePage. "So-called ‘scandals' concocted by Washington politicians come and go, but reforming health care is vital for the lifelong health and well-being of Mainers."



Governor LePage Answers Shutdown-related Questions as Democrats Fail to Agree on Budget

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:59:34 EDT

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - As Democrats continue objecting to a fiscally responsible budget and keep threatening a government shutdown, Governor Paul R. LePage has provided answers to the most common questions asked by State of Maine employees. (See attached document below.)

"Our Administration does not want a shutdown, and we are not fueling the hysteria whipped up by the media, labor unions and Democrats to scare state employees," said Governor LePage. "However, we are taking every precaution to prepare for a government shutdown in case the Legislature fails to do its job."

Without a budget in place by midnight June 30, 2017, all non-emergency state services will end temporarily. The LePage Administration is prepared to designate emergency personnel in the case of a Declaration of a Civil Emergency. "House Republicans are willing to negotiate and invest additional education funding, but the Democrats are still dug in," the Governor added. "Instead of voting on a budget to benefit the Maine people, Democrats are bowing to the demands of labor unions, radical activists at the Maine People's Alliance and extremist environmental organizations. Democrats should have the courage to compromise in the best interest of the Maine taxpayers and residents who will foot the bill for the budget. If state employees are concerned about a potential shutdown, I urge them to call the Speaker of the House and tell her to pass a fiscally responsible budget today."

The Governor sent this message to all Maine state employees:

Dear Maine State Employees:

As you know, there has been a flurry of media attention lately regarding the status of ongoing budget negotiations. At this moment, the State of Maine does not have an approved budget in place for the biennium that begins on July 1, 2017.

With each passing hour, it seems as though the preparations our administration has made over the last two weeks are less an exercise in caution and more likely plans that may need to be implemented. While I have no desire to see state government shut down, good governance requires our administration be prepared for the possibility that July 1 may arrive without a budget.

Attached to this email is a memo to all employees about the possibility of a state government shutdown. It is intended to provide guidance on the process of a shutdown and answers to questions that have been fielded by departments and agencies across state government.

As you know, since becoming governor of Maine, I eliminated furlough days, insisted on bringing parity to the wages paid to state employees, and restored merit and longevity raises. I appreciate all you do for the people of Maine and regret the burden that may be placed upon you and your families in the event of a shutdown.

I encourage each of you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to pass a budget that can be signed into law immediately.

Sincerely, Paul R. LePage Governor



Governor calls on Democrats to stop holding the budget hostage

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:27:30 EDT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

Governor Paul R. LePage is calling on Democrats to stop holding the budget process hostage just to appease union bosses at Maine Education Association, radical activists at Maine People's Alliance and extremist environmental organizations.

"I have been negotiating in good faith," said Governor LePage. "I have even gone beyond the spending limit of $6.8 billion in my budget and agreed to a $7.05 billion budget. But Democrats are still refusing to budge. They want to pour hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars into new education spending with no accountability and no reforms to our school systems. I have agreed to spend every penny of the revenue forecast to increase education spending by $125 million, as long as some of our common-sense education reforms are included. But Democrats are still demanding more, more, more. They do not care how much it costs the Maine people, they do not care if their tax-and-spend policies are driving people out of Maine and they do not care about the future fiscal health of our state."

"If Democrats are truly concerned about reducing property taxes, they are looking in the wrong place," said Governor LePage. "They have ignored my reasonable proposal to stop giving away property tax exemptions to rich land trusts and other wealthy non-profits that hold large tracts of land. They have taken hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of conservation land off the tax rolls, which increases local property taxes. I have suggested taxing this land to lower property taxes for all Mainers. But Democrats are more interested in kowtowing to wealthy environmental organizations, like Natural Resources Council of Maine and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, than protecting the Maine taxpayer."

The Governor said a shutdown can be averted if the Democrats agree to the fiscally responsible budget proposed by House Republicans. "House Minority Leader Ken Fredette and the House Republicans put a budget on the table, and the Democrats ignored it," Governor LePage said. "If they agree to that budget, I will sign it."



Statement of Governor LePage on Budget: Pass House Republican Compromise and I will Sign

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:20:11 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 22, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today released the following statement regarding the House Republican Budget compromise:

"After weeks of gridlock, the budget compromise from House Republicans is fiscally responsible, supports important education reforms with increased funding for schools, prevents taxpayers' dollars from going to non-citizens and it takes care of elderly and truly needy Mainers now on waitlists for services. This budget also eliminates vacant positions within state government and reduces the tax burden on our job creators, small businesses and professionals who provide vital services to the Maine people."

"We cannot simply tax-and-spend our way out of a budget. Tough decisions must be made to deliver a budget that is balanced, fiscally responsible and benefits Maine's hard-working taxpayers. This is not the budget I proposed; I have agreed to support $125 million in new spending beyond what is fiscally prudent. However, this is my last and final concession. Taxpayers cannot afford any more spending without realizing improvement from our reforms, which will take some time. But House Republicans have worked very hard to put forth a reasonable proposal. If Democrats join with Republicans to immediately pass this budget, I will put my signature on it."



Governor LePage accepts resignation of Richard Rosen as DAFS commissioner

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:33:35 EDT

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has accepted the resignation of Richard Rosen as commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

The Governor has appointed David R. Lavway, deputy commissioner of operations at DAFS, as the acting commissioner.

"I thank Richard Rosen for his many years of service to the State of Maine," said Governor LePage. "He has been a dedicated public servant to the people of Maine, and I wish him well in his future endeavors."



Governor LePage Issues Statement about Ongoing Budget

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:38:36 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 09, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today encouraging Legislators to seek solutions toward a balanced budget that are fiscally responsible and provide income tax relief, limits new spending and focuses on improving education.

"Democrats in the Legislature seem to think they can score political points with the special interests that control them by posturing and threatening to shut down state government unless Republicans agree to bloat government spending by hundreds of millions of dollars. It is irresponsible for Democrats to play Chicken with our state's finances, and to insist on policies that will harm our economy," said Governor LePage.

Noting that funding levels for public education is central to the budget negotiations, Governor LePage added, "Since I became Governor, state funding for General Purpose Aid to local schools has increased over $100 million per year. Despite a 12% decline in student enrollment in our schools in the last decade, there has been a 28% increase in state funding and a 27% increase in local spending. Democrats plan to balloon state education spending by $250 to $300 million more in the next budget without ensuring more money reaches the classroom is unworkable. A one year increase of 12-15% in spending while incomes for Mainers are only increasing at 3-4% just doesn't make sense. That wouldn't work in a household budget and it doesn't work in the state budget."

"I urge Democrats and Republicans to find a fiscally responsible solution that provides income tax relief, limits new spending, and deliver meaningful reform to how Maine funds education so that more money reaches the classroom. Providing incentives for regionalization of administrative functions and programs as well as a pilot for a statewide teacher contract will be key to a successful budget," said Governor LePage.






Governor LePage issues statement about Riverview Psychiatric Center

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:27:13 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 08, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage issued a statement today announcing the Maine Department of Health and Human Services will appeal a decision from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services disallowing $51 million that has been drawn down in disproportionate share resources (DSH) for the support of Riverview Psychiatric Center.

"Since Riverview Psychiatric Center was decertified in 2013, our administration has clearly communicated on numerous occasions that continuing to use DSH funding posed a significant risk of disallowance. Our administration warned the Legislature over and over that action needed to be taken and those warnings were ignored. Now, we are faced with a financial tsunami," said Governor LePage. "I expect the Legislature to allocate $51 million in the biennial budget and take responsibility for its missteps and jeopardizing the financial well-being of our state."

The letter from CMS to DHHS is attached below.



Governor LePage Announces Ricker Hamilton as Acting DHHS Commissioner

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:05:06 EDT

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 26, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today the appointment of Ricker Hamilton, who now serves as Deputy Commissioner of Programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, as acting Commissioner of DHHS.

"I am pleased to appoint Ricker as acting commissioner of DHHS," said Governor LePage. "He has been actively involved in reforming welfare, improving services for the truly needy and bringing fiscal responsibility and accountability to a department that was plagued by massive shortfalls under previous administrations. Ricker will provide a wealth of experience and a steady hand to guide DHHS as the department continues to improve and reform the programs that are vital to so many Mainers."

Hamilton has 40 years of experience in management, program development, strategic planning and social work in programs that provide services for children and families, substance abuse, mental health, sexual assault and domestic violence, aging and disability and acute psychiatric care.

As Deputy Commissioner of Programs at DHHS since 2013, Hamilton has managed and directed the Offices of Aging and Disability Services, Child and Family Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Riverview Psychiatric Center. He also served as program administrator for adult protective services at DHHS and as an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, where he developed a curriculum on elder abuse.

Hamilton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Anselm College in 1976 and his Master of Social Work degree from Boston College in 1984.

Additionally, the Governor announced Alec Porteous will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. Porteous joined the LePage Administration as deputy commissioner of finance in May 2014.

"Alec has a diverse background in the private and government sectors and has been integral in guiding the department to stable financial footing. He will continue to be a strong, reform-minded leader within the department," said Governor LePage.

Porteous previously worked as a policy advisor for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. on Wall Street reforms and the Consumer Protection Act. He also worked as an associate at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital to provide strategic and financial advice to clients, including Proctor & Gamble, Hormel and Unilever. Prior to joining DHHS, Porteous was vice president at Harpswell Capital Advisors in New Gloucester, Maine.

He also served from 2011 to 2013 as state office representative in Portland for U.S. Senator Susan Collins and as her campaign finance director during her 2013 reelection campaign. Porteous received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in 2002 and his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in 2007.



Governor LePage Directs Flags to be Lowered on Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:36:10 EDT

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage today directed that the United States flag and the State of Maine flag at all state facilities be flown at half-staff Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 29.

"Maine has a profound heritage of dedication and service to our Nation," said Governor LePage. "Our brave servicemen and women have fought for us and died for us, and there is no way to repay them for this sacrifice. But on this Memorial Day, we can show that we are grateful for all of our fallen heroes."

Governor LePage also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation and our freedom.

Please note: Flags are flown half-staff until noon to honor those who died in battle and then raised to full height at noon to honor the living veterans. This recognizes those who have sacrificed and those who are still with us.

President Donald J. Trump has issued a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.