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It is no secret how the governor of Maine is dealing with his State's budget and economy he just signed the biggest tax cuts in that State's history.
While cutting spending as well the Republican governor of Maine.
Joins me now -- -- welcome to the program good to have you with us.
-- it's a pleasure being here so let me get this rocket.
You cut taxes on the rich you cut welfare you roll back state woke up pensions and he got Democrats to support it.
Perhaps you should go look in DC so.
Well thank you.
Well we cut taxes on the rich and the war in fact.
Families will no longer be pain -- -- -- made because they live below the poverty level.
And so what we did is we got -- -- a small decrease from the marginal the highest marginal rate but we lowered we completely eliminated the -- -- -- Forgive me for saying it but you sound like a western state Republican not like a Republican or any other politician from New England.
I mean if you you couldn't exist in Vermont now could you.
New Hampshire he wouldn't do too well I don't think a Massachusetts is totally out of the question.
What what is it about Maine the produce is a man like you who does this -- thing and balances the budget.
Well I think basically I'm a businessman who is now serving is state as a governor.
And I've not been a lifetime politician and I think that was just it was a matter of timing.
The people remain we're tired of being in debt and tired of being overtaxed and it looked for someone that.
The bricks and common sense to the state house.
-- you do know that your critics are saying use are harsh.
That you all of the balancing the budget on the backs of the paw that you all going -- the most vulnerable and you'll response.
In my responses 70000 people in the state of Maine that paid income tax in 2011.
Will lobby payment compared to 2012.
It's just the opposite of what -- -- and I am reducing the taxes on there the -- -- pulled.
Most vulnerable people in the state.
And the other thing we're gonna be doing in January -- we're gonna continue the process I don't think.
What we did in 2011 is the beginning of what it's gonna look like ten years what what do you -- -- what what you have in mind what -- gonna stop doing next year.
Well you know main one of the things we're gonna be look at -- not just give you a little hint.
Maine is the oldest state.
In the nation.
By population age and they're the most vulnerable so it's time we take care of our seniors.
We want to what about President Obama and national issues would you have any advice from president.
Yes I would tell them to go to the states.
To the states the whole foundation of our country was based on having the states as laboratories.
Go to the state see what's working see what's not and implement what's working.
Let's not try to reinvent the wheel last question do you have any idea what your popularity ratings off.
No and I'm not enough for popularity rating I got elected government to fix a problem and I wanna fix my problem -- -- let the electorate decide.
Where I stand for years you remember I interviewed you shortly after that direction -- -- that.
This they have direct most of New England was in a state of shock of the -- -- basic fears that the government group made.
Well congratulations sir it's a pleasure to see you again thanks for joining us on you'll want to thank you so.
Thank you so much -- a pleasure.
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