AP quotes Breece in report on LePage’s time as governor

James Breece, an associate professor of economics at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Associated Press article on Gov. Paul LePage. LePage leaves the state in better fiscal shape than he found it, but his wins were sometimes overshadowed by aggressive remarks, according to the article. The aging state’s economy has overall “greatly improved” since LePage took office and faced a state still reeling from the 2008 recession that shuttered paper mills, according to Breece. He said there’s no “clear way” to say how much of such growth is thanks to LePage’s policies alone.“I think governors can try to maneuver on the edges but basically we flow with the tide,” Breece said. Fosters.com and The News Tribune carried the AP report.