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No Word on LePage's Plans to Sign Budget, Medicaid
06/14/2013 02:50 PM ET  

Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent two bills to the governor's desk late Thursday at risk for veto: the state's $6.3 billion biennial budget and Medicaid expansion.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Republican Gov. Paul LePage is staying mum about whether he plans to sign or veto the state's budget and a bill that would expand health coverage to more Mainers.

Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Legislature sent two bills to the governor's desk late Thursday at risk for veto: the state's $6.3 billion biennial budget and Medicaid expansion.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said Friday that there is no word on if, and when, the governor will sign the bills.

LePage has said he would veto any budget that raises taxes. The budget passed Thursday would temporarily boost the state's sales tax and meals and lodging tax.

LePage has already vetoed a more sweeping Medicaid expansion bill that included a provision to state's hospitals for unpaid Medicaid services, one of his top priorities.



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