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LePage To GOP: “Fix Bayonets” On Budget 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage is asking Republican lawmakers to “fix bayonets” and battle for his final two-year budget proposal.

The Republican governor made his first remarks about the budget submitted late last week during a call into WVOM-FM in Bangor. He said he wanted Republicans to support his efforts to broaden the sales tax, dial back the income tax, tighten health care coverage for low-income Mainers and overhaul education.

LePage said he doesn’t have to be bound by a June deadline for passing the budget despite a contrary opinion from Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills. He said the state could run on a continuing resolution like the federal government.

He said he’ll hit the road to get Mainers to demand that their representatives pass his budget.