While he is continuing to focus on welfare reform, LePage said he will also look to make changes in education, the economy and energy.
He discouraged people from signing a petition that is likely to be found at polling places on Tuesday that would require Maine's utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020. The current requirement is 10 percent by 2017.
"There's a movement on to have petitions signed that say we want to go to renewable clean energy and we want to get away from oil," he said. "Don't be fooled. This is a bad deal."
He said the push for wind and solar power will require state subsidies and will drive up the cost of energy for Mainers.
Dylan Voorhees, a member of Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, said it's important to reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil.
"It paves the way for more clean energy and energy independence for Maine," he said. "This petition just puts the question on the ballot. We think the will of the people is important to listen to on this."
MaineToday Media State House Writer Susan Cover can be contacted at 620-7015 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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