Governor vetoes budget

Posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in News

Governor vetoes budget

by Andi Parkinson

AUGUSTA -- As expected, on Monday Gov. Paul LePage  vetoed the budget, LD 1509, “An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015″. On Wednesday, the 126th Legislature will reconvene to take it up in both chambers, along with a slew of other matters including ten bills vetoed late Friday and others Monday.

Here is the full list of Governor LePage’s vetoes of bills passed by the 126th Legislature.

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When the Senate met the evening of June 13 to take up the budget, those who worked on the budget praised their fellow Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee members from across the aisle, their staff and clerks, for working so hard together to create a budget that, per Senator Pat Flood (R-Kennebec), won unanimous approval by the entire AFA Committee on every single line item of the 680 page document, individually and as a whole.

And as the votes were tallied, it showed that same as in the House (102-43, 6 absent) earlier, the Senate had passed the measure (25-10) with a super majority strong enough to sustain a veto from the Governor if all legislators vote as they did initially.

“Lawmakers did the right thing by passing a budget that allows the state of Maine to keep working,”said Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland. “In divided government, Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature worked together to pass a responsible budget that protects our schools, our property owners, and small businesses.”

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