AUGUSTA – Just under 36 hours to the end of Maine’s fiscal year and lawmakers said they may be ready to vote on a budget by tomorrow.
In order to avoid a partial shutdown, any budget will need Governor Paul LePage’s signature by midnight Friday.
Earlier this week, the governor said he would veto any budget greater than $7.055 billion. Well, the one most likely to be approved, exceeds that number by $50 million.
It was Senator Roger Katz of Augusta who introduced that proposal. Meanwhile Speaker of the House Sara Gideon appeared optimistic this proposal would satisfy all parties.
While legislators met behind closed doors Wednesday, State House security prepped for a protest Friday that’s expected to dwarf Tuesday’s demonstration at the Statehouse.
Despite coming closer together, some Democratic leaders say there still needs to be more give and less take from Republicans.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor says reports submitted by departments heads are being reviewed to determine who falls under the category of emergency worker and who is a non-emergency worker.
There are 12,000 state employees and there is still no official word on how many stay home, if the state government shuts down.