Maine gov blasts Dems for rejecting budget
February 17, 2012 17:55 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor is blasting Senate Democrats for rejecting a proposed state budget that would close a $120 million shortfall.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that Democrats showed an “unwillingness to reach a solution” in rejecting the budget proposal Thursday night after the House gave its approval. Democrats said the proposal cuts too many Mainers from Medicaid.
LePage said some Senate Democrats have “resorted to obstruction” on the budget, which addresses a revenue shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30.
In response, Democratic Sen. Justin Alfond said Democrats are trying to take care “of the needs of Maine people.” He said the proposed budget is “short-sighted with long-term consequences.”
The budget now stands in limbo and is expected to be taken back up by the Senate on Tuesday.