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Maine AG says Temporary Budget Fix not an Option
06/21/2013 10:31 AM ET  

Janet Mills says Maine's Constitution requires a balanced budget, and any effort to continue the current budget or pass a temporary budget would result in an unbalanced budget.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's Attorney General says Gov. Paul LePage's proposed temporary spending solution is not allowed under the state's constitution.

Janet Mills said in a letter to lawmakers on Thursday that Maine's Constitution requires a balanced budget. She says any effort to continue the current budget or pass a temporary budget would result in an unbalanced budget.

Earlier Thursday, the Republican governor called on lawmakers to put in place a 60-day continuing resolution to buy time to come up with a new budget that doesn't raise taxes and avoids a government shutdown. The LePage administration maintains that would be legal.

Democrats say that a 60-day temporary budget fix won't be necessary. They say they have enough votes to override the governor's veto next week.

A budget must be in place by July 1 to avoid a government shutdown.


 

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