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State of Maine Won’t Help with Tax Breaks for Mill Buyer 

The state of Maine won’t help two towns provide $48 million in tax breaks so a company can buy paper mills in Millinocket and East Millinocket. A spokesman for Gov. Paul LePage says the administration supports the goal of revitalizing the mills, but won’t help the two towns provide the tax breaks the company seeking to buy the mills says are needed for the deal to proceed.Spokesman Dan Demeritt says the state wants to help where it can, but the state has its own budget crisis to focus on. Town officials say such tax breaks would force local government layoffs and a vast reduction of services. The East Millinocket mill employs about 450 people. The Millinocket mill is closed. (AP)