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Maine Lawmakers to Try Budget Veto Override
06/26/2013 09:52 AM ET  

If lawmakers don't override Gov. Paul LePage's budget veto today, there is a potential for a state government shutdown.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol to vote on whether they should override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the state's $6.3 billon, two-year budget.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature is expected to return on Wednesday to take up the budget and other vetoes.

The Republican governor vetoed the state budget on Monday because he says it raises taxes and strips funding from education programs he had proposed.

Democrats have said they are confident that enough Republicans will join them to override the governor's veto. A two-thirds majority of present and voting members is necessary for a veto override, so it requires bipartisan support.

If lawmakers don't override the budget veto on Wednesday, there is a potential for a state government shutdown. A budget must be in place by July 1.



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