Gov. Paul LePage went on Maine Public Radio’s “Maine Calling” Tuesday and told too many whoppers to fit into this seven-inch column space. When a caller noted that the federal government will reimburse 90 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion, LePage said he was “dead wrong.”

“It’s roughly 60 percent. Always has been,” said LePage. “There’s a small band of people that will qualify for 90 percent, but it’s not the majority.”

In fact, the majority of the 70,000 Mainers who qualify under Medicaid expansion are eligible for the 90-percent federal reimbursement. But roughly 20,000 Mainers that the governor booted from the program in 2011 are not considered newly eligible and so they will only get a 64-percent match, according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

When pressed about his support for offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Maine, LePage acknowledged that a potential oil spill could harm the fisheries, but he said the other option is for Mainers to freeze.

“Yeah, but so what do I do? Freeze people out?” LePage replied. “...We have a very severe inventory shortage of heating oil and natural gas....We don’t have oil in the ground so we’ve got to go and find our fuels where we can get them.”

As The Free Press reported last month, the reason why fuel deliveries were slow during the recent cold snap was largely because there is a shortage of licensed fuel delivery drivers, not a shortage of fuel. That’s why the governor issued an executive order extending driving hours for fuel delivery personnel — to try to keep up with demand.

Finally, the governor doubled down on his false claim that 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War and said the figure came from the State Archives. But as Maine State Archivist David Cheever told The Free Press in August, it was more like 30 soldiers and the majority of them were Southerners who were going to college here when the war broke out.