AUGUSTA – The Downeast Correctional Facility was dealt another blow Tuesday.
The House of Representatives passed a bill to provide funding for the Machiasport minimum security prison through the end of June 2019. But Governor LePage has vowed to veto any funding bill for the facility.
More legislators would have to change their votes after any veto to gain enough votes to override said veto.
Last week, the governor reopened the prison with five guards and eight inmates.
Corrections officer union representative, Jim Mackie, said “With one of our guards working all night by himself is absolutely the governor thumbing his nose at the judge’s decision. It’s unsafe and it’s not productive.”
Meanwhile, corrections workers are waiting for a Kennebec County Judge to respond to motions filed by union lawyers questioning whether the governor is complying with the court order.