(NEWS CENTER) -- For the past two years, Republicans have been steering the ship of state in Augusta, and they'd like to keep it that way. But Democrats argue GOP policies have made it harder to live and work in Maine. Speaker of The House Robert Nutting, and Assistant SenateMinority Leader Justin Alfond go In The Arena with Pat Callaghan.

Republicans won the Blaine House and both chambers of the State House two years ago, giving them full control in Augusta for the first time in nearly 40 years. Nutting says Republicans have kept their promises to reduce regulations, cut the debt in the state pension system, and lower taxes. Alfond says Maine lost 1,300 jobs last year and says Republicans have not improved the business climate.

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