AUGUSTA – In the wake of Gov. Paul LePage’s announcement that he would veto every bill that comes across his desk until he sees one that pays the state’s debt to hospitals, the Legislature wasted little time in approving a measure that would give the Governor absolute sovereign authority over all matters in the known universe.
LD 842-13, “An Act to Enshrine Paul LePage With Supreme, Unchecked Executive Power and Grant Him and All His Descendants Incalculable Wealth in Perpetuity,” passed by a margin of 26-9 in the Senate and 134-20 in the House. It includes an amendment that would also increase funding for domestic violence programs by 6,000%, and another that immediately dissolves all teachers’ unions, declares all schools in the state private schools, and reduces state funding for education to $117.39.
It now awaits the governor’s signature, which he has vowed not to give.
“If the governor vetoes this bill, we can tell the voters we really tried to work with him, but he simply was too stubborn,” said Sen. John Courtney (D – Someplace Down By New Hampshire). “If he does sign it, we can slam him for being a hypocrite and going back on his word.”
The Governor’s office had no comment, but a source within LePage’s inner circle confirmed that he finds the bill “confusing.”