Gov. Paul LePage released a YouTube video Thursday in which he takes credit for tax cuts passed during the last legislative session and asks Democrats to support additional cuts this year.

In the five-minute video, the Republican governor is interviewed by his communications director, Adrienne Bennett, about tax cuts passed last session and says 70,000 Maine residents with the lowest incomes will not have to pay taxes in the new year.

“This represents the largest tax cut in Maine history,” LePage said. “For Democrats to call this a tax cut for the rich is simply not true.”

In the latest of several YouTube videos he has taped, LePage says giving targeted tax breaks to businesses can stimulate the economy by allowing them to invest that money on an expansion, new jobs or higher wages.

Watch: “The Truth About Tax Cuts,” courtesy of the communications office of Governor Paul LePage

Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, issued a statement that said the video was distributed by the governor’s 2014 re-election committee and distorts Democratic lawmakers’ position on Maine tax policy.

Alfond said LePage refuses to meet with Democratic leaders.

“We hope in the days that follow that we can sit down with the governor and engage in a thoughtful conversation about how to move Maine forward,” Alfond said.

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