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‘Hell-Raising’ LePage Vows to Cut Government as Maine’s Chief

Governor-elect Paul LePage of Maine, who once said he would tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and do without Washington’s help, is getting the chance to carry out his pledge to slash government.

Scheduled to be sworn in today as Maine’s 74th chief executive, LePage is confronting a projected $800 million budget shortfall over the next two years with a display of confidence his supporters have come to expect.