As a Maine resident and voter, I urge the state Legislature to do all it can to block recent arrogant threats made by Gov. Paul LePage.

According to news reports, “LePage is threatening to veto the two-year state budget unless it stays very close to the measure he proposed, saying he will not budge from the amount of tax cuts or from his plan to reform pensions and welfare programs. “If that budget is altered, it is not my budget, it is the Legislature’s budget,” he said.”

LePage needs to be brought down a few notches. He needs to be shown that he is not a boss of Marden’s anymore. He does not rule by divine right. He is not Moammar Gadhafi’s twin brother.

If LePage is allowed to bully the Legislature now, he will do it over and over again. The Legislature needs to do its own deliberating and stand firm. If he precipitates a budget crisis, so be it. Let voters see what a disaster they have elected.

We are looking to all reasonable Maine legislators to rein in extremists among their own body as well as to rein in LePage.

Robert Mulliken, Monmouth

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