Gov. threatens veto over compromise budget plan

9:41 PM, Jun 8, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - In his weekly radio address, Maine Governor Paul LePage threatened to veto a recent compromise budget plan.

On Friday, the state legislature's Appropriations Committee gave unanimous approval to a budget proposal that both cuts state spending and raises taxes.

And for that, Governor LePage says he'll veto it.

Six months ago, the Governor submitted a $6.3 billion budget which eliminated revenue sharing and slashed education spending.

Members of the appropriations committee say their measure still includes significant cuts to spending but also pulls in about $180 million in new revenue through taxes.

But that's where LePage draws the line.

From his weekly radio address:

We must look at the bigger picture. If we do not stop raising taxes and growing government now, we may never get the chance again. We cannot increase the burden we are leaving our children and grandchildren. That's why I will veto any budget that raises your tax rates. I don't see it as politics. I see it as good public policy, and good public policy is good politics.

The Governor also maintains he doesn't want a government shut-down, calling it "an act of failure."

But he also says a shut down is not up to him.

The budget proposal still faces votes in the House and Senate before it winds up on LePage's desk.

NEWS CENTER

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