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As Maine Session Ends, Bond Debate Remains Heated
07/10/2013 01:50 PM ET  

The Democratic-led Legislature adjourned early this morning, amid a bitter partisan battle over the scope of a bond package.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers have finished their work for the session, but a bitter partisan battle over bonds for the state's roads and bridges remains heated.

The Democratic-led Legislature adjourned early Wednesday morning after a long day of attempting to override a flurry of bills vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

In the session's final hours, LePage and the GOP minority called on Democrats to take up a $100 million borrowing package for things like highway construction.

Democratic leaders rejected the effort and pledged to return this fall to take up a larger bond package that will also include funding for research and development and education, among others.

But Republicans say that by failing to pass the transportation bond before adjourning, Democrats have now put important construction projects at risk.



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