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Stephen King wants apology from Governor Paul LePage

Novelist Stephen King.Associated Press/File

Governor Paul LePage of Maine likes to be provocative, and sometimes that means he says things that aren’t entirely true. His latest misstatement, reported by the Portland Press Herald, came during the governor’s weekly radio address, when he said Maine’s income tax is one of the reasons people move out of the state, and he cited Stephen King as a prime example. Problem is, that’s nonsense. “Governor LePage is full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green,” the best-selling author told a local radio station. “Tabby and I pay every cent of our Maine state income taxes, and are glad to do it. We feel, as Governor LePage apparently does not, that much is owed from those to whom much has been given. We see our taxes as a way of paying back the state that has given us so much. State taxes pay for state services. There’s just no way around it. Governor LePage needs to remember there ain’t no free lunch.” LePage’s office later issued a revised version of his radio address that didn’t mention King. But that wasn’t enough for the author, who said the governor should apologize. “Governor Paul LePage implied that I don’t pay my taxes. I do. Every cent. I think he needs to man up and apologize,” King tweeted.