Legislature Nears Adjournament

Apr 14, 2014

 The Maine House and State Senate are due to adjourn for the year on Wednesday.   Before then, the legislature must vote ona 30-million-dollar bill that will balance the state's budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.   There are also dozens of measures that have price tags that the legislature will be asked one final time to fund.  Most, maybe all, will fail.  After Wednesday, legislative leaders say they expect to return later this year to deal with more vetoes from Republican Governor LePage.  The governor himself warned last week if the latest budget bill passes as is, he'll call lawmakers back into special session.  LePage objects to a provision in the budget till that extends the state's medicaid payment schedule for health care providers by about two weeks, saving the state 20-million-dollars in the next fiscal year.