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Maine revised budget adopted without gov's OK

7:26 PM, Feb 22, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is letting a supplemental budget to address a $153 million shortfall take effect without his signature.

The House and Senate voted with veto-proof majorities Thursday to approve the budget, which balances the state's books through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

LePage said Friday he's not signing the budget because he objects to some provisions, including delaying Medicaid payment to providers, cutting $600,000 to foster care assistance and not including caps on general assistance.

In a letter to lawmakers, LePage encouraged them to recognize the dire financial situation Maine faces and be willing to say 'no' during the next round of budget debates.

The Legislature is to deliberate the details of a $6.3 billion two-year budget in the coming weeks.

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