AUGUSTA – Disagreements over education funding are still preventing a budget deal in the State House.
Another day has passed in the Capitol without a budget agreement.
With the end of the month, and fiscal year, edging closer, the word “shutdown” is on everyone’s minds.
“I don’t want another shutdown, not at all,” said Rep. Donna Doore, D-Augusta.
Rep. Doore was working in 1991, the last time the state shut down. She says when reality sank in, workers began to panic.
“How are they going to make their rent? How are they going to make their house payment? How are they going to make that car payment, or whatever payment it was? They couldn’t buy food. So we learned quickly that, you know, it wasn’t a good thing and we needed to get back to work,” Rep. Doore said.
Talk of a shutdown is still hypothetical, but if lawmakers fail to pass a budget agreement by June 30, the government will shut down.
“If we could find a budget that also works for the Governor, we could pass a budget tomorrow, it could go down to the Governor’s desk if it’s something that he could agree with. He could sign it and it could become law instantaneously,” said Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner.
But the possibility of that happening seems slim, with the House still divided over education funding. Tuesday, Governor LePage said he has already begun planning for a possible shutdown.