The Latest: Lawmakers told there'll be no final votes Sunday

A budget agreement hopefully coming soon.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Latest on the Maine state budget shutdown (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Maine lawmakers have been told that there will be no votes by the full House and Senate on a budget compromise before Monday.

A six-member conference committee is continuing its work, however, and officials planned to go through the latest proposal line by line Sunday.

Approval by the committee could set the stage for final votes Monday.

Lawmakers were told Sunday that there would be no full sessions of the House and Senate before then.

The same House Republicans who torpedoed a budget compromise Friday night are behind the latest budget proposal. They believe their new spending plan can pass and end the impasse.

The new proposal includes the same $162 million boost in funding for K-12 education but would end a proposed increase in the state lodging tax.

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11:35 a.m.

A six-member conference panel is delving into details of a new budget proposal aimed at ending a state government shutdown in Maine.

Things got off to a rocky start Sunday.

Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said she could "barely contain" her fury upon learning that there were further changes beyond what was discussed the evening before.

Republican Rep. Tom Winsor responded that there wasn't "anything nefarious" afoot.

Gideon said the panel could meet several times Sunday as it goes through the proposal line by line in hopes of producing something that can be voted on in the House and Senate.

The new proposal calls for $162 million in increased education spending but eliminates a proposed lodging tax increase. There are other changes, as well.

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12:03 a.m.

Lawmakers are set to return to the Maine State House to try to end a budget stalemate that has sent a government shutdown into its second day.

Maine state government went into partial shutdown on Saturday because of the state's failure to approve a new two-year budget. It's Maine's first shutdown in 25 years. Lawmakers will be back in Augusta on Sunday morning.

House Republicans shot down $162 million in increased education spending in a proposed two-year, $7.1 billion budget on Friday night. But they say they believe their new spending plan can pass and end the impasse.

The new proposal must first pass a budget conference committee. That committee is scheduled to reconvene at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. If the committee approves it, it could go to the full Legislature. 

© 2017 Associated Press


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