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Maine Gov Lifts Civil Emergency
10/18/2013 03:34 PM ET  

Gov. Paul LePage also thanked state workers for their patience during the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the civil emergency he declared Oct. 9 amid the partial government shutdown is over.

LePage says he issued the civil emergency proclamation so he could have the flexibility to deal with any impacts the shutdown might have on state services and programs. The governor thanked state workers for their patience during the 16-day ordeal.

"I'm pleased that state government is back to normal and Mainers are back to work," LePage says in a statement. "I want to thank Maine state employees for their patience during these past couple weeks. This federal shutdown caused a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty for everyone."

Under Maine law, the governor can declare a civil emergency in unusual situations. LePage says more than 2,700 state workers get paid, in part or in full, with federal funds.




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