LePage Unveils Jobs-Bonds Plan 

Gov. Paul LePage is announcing a wide-ranging jobs plan, which includes repayment of a big hospital debt, release of voter-approved bonds for highways and other public improvements, and construction of a new prison in Windham. LePage presented details of his plan at a news conference in Portland on Tuesday. He wants to repay Maine hospitals for a $484 million Medicaid debt with a combination of revenue bonds and a federal match. With that paid, the governor would release $105 million in voter-approved bonds for transportation, conservation, clean water projects and energy-efficiency projects. Finally, he’s proposing $100 million in government facilities bonds to build a replacement for the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. LePage says his plan will create jobs, especially in hospitals, which laid off workers because of the state debt.