The Latest: Gov, Speaker blame one another for no progress
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Latest on the end of the legislative session in Maine (all times local):
Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the Democratic Speaker of the House are accusing one another of using legislative “terrorism” to stop progress in the lawmakers’ session.
Members of both parties are blaming each other for lawmakers leaving town without addressing key issues facing Mainers.
LePage said Speaker Sara Gideon should be more concerned with helping the elderly stay in their homes and enacting tax conformity to give much-needed tax relief to small businesses.
Funding for schools, infrastructure projects, the opioid crisis and Medicaid coverage for low-income Mainers hangs in the balance as legislators feud. House Republicans blocked efforts to extend the legislative session for five more days.
Lawmakers worked into early Thursday though their official last day was Wednesday.