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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is telling Maine towns and cities to focus on finding solutions to budget problems rather than complain about funding shortages.

In a letter released Thursday to city and town officials, the governor acknowledges opposition of many mayors, city managers and selectmen to his budget plan, which calls for a suspension of revenue sharing and other provisions that municipalities say shifts taxes to the local level. LePage also says it's not a budget he enjoyed putting forward.

LePage says there are only three large state budget areas to cut: education, welfare and revenue sharing, and he chose the third option.

The governor says he welcomes any suggestions town officials have to cut elsewhere in the state budget, but it's time to set complaints aside and offer solutions.

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