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Gov. LePage pressures lawmakers to pass child welfare, tax reform

Governor Paul LePage is calling on the Maine legislature to get to work this August, to pass his plans for child welfare and tax reform. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Governor Paul LePage is calling on the Maine legislature to get to work this August, to pass his plans for child welfare and tax reform.

The governor is using his weekly radio address this week to blast democrats, accusing them of holding the reforms hostage.

Democrats, in turn, accuse the governor of holding millions of dollars in "clean elections" money hostage, despite rulings saying the money for publicly-financed elections must be released.

In his address, the governor is pointing the finger back at democrats, especially for not tackling what's known as "tax conformity."

“Not conforming will force businesses to keep two sets of books this year, one for federal law, and one for state laws,” LePage said. “It will cause chaos next January when individuals and businesses have no ability to file state taxes.”

The legislature is technically still in session.

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