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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has named a longtime legislator to head the new Governor's Office of Policy and Management.

Richard Rosen will become the office's first director on Dec. 6 following the completion of his fourth term in the state Senate. Before becoming a senator, he served three terms in the state House.

The Office of Policy and Management is charged with creating and reviewing budgets across state agencies, facilitating intergovernmental coordination, evaluating the effectiveness of economic incentive programs and delivering economic data.

LePage says Rosen, a Republican from Bucksport, has a proven track record of "making the difficult decisions necessary to keep government within its means."

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