Maine budget shutdown: No holiday for Maine Lawmakers
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are set to return to the Maine State House to try to end a budget stalemate that has sent a government shutdown into its second day.
Maine state government went into partial shutdown on Saturday because of the state’s failure to approve a new two-year budget. It’s Maine’s first shutdown in 25 years. Lawmakers will be back in Augusta on Sunday morning.
House Republicans shot down $162 million in increased education spending in a proposed two-year, $7.1 billion budget on Friday night. But they say they believe their new spending plan can pass and end the impasse.
The new proposal must first pass a budget conference committee. That committee is scheduled to reconvene at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. If the committee approves it, it could go to the full Legislature.