Maine State House tension grows over budget

8:15 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the Department of Health and Human Services will run out of money to pay Medicaid providers in three weeks, and he's blaming the Democratic-led Legislature for inaction on his budget proposal. Democrats, meanwhile, are accusing the administration of financial mismanagement.

Democrats asked DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew to meet with the Appropriations Committee for a rare Sunday session to face questions about the situation.

LePage made his announcement late Friday afternoon and he used his weekly radio address on Saturday to chide lawmakers for failing to act on his budget plan.

House Speaker Mark Eves questioned the timing of the governor's announcement, saying LePage's comments were geared more to "fear mongering than problem solving."


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