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Maine Governor to Union: 'You Are Lying'
05/13/2013 01:58 PM ET  

The union representing state workers warned in a letter May 6 that agencies were directed to prepare plans "for an inevitable shutdown.''

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Gov. Paul LePage is accusing the Maine State Employees Association of trying to scare people with talk of a possible government shutdown.

The union representing state workers warned in a letter May 6 that agencies were directed to prepare plans "for an inevitable shutdown.''

The blunt-speaking Republican governor met with union representatives Monday and said he told the union's chief counsel that "you are lying.''

LePage says there's no secret plan to prepare for a shutdown in the event legislators and the governor fail to agree on a budget plan. He said that if the Legislature fails to adopt his budget then the union should talk to lawmakers, not him.


 

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