House GOP on board with special session next week in Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) All signs point to lawmakers returning for a special session next week in Maine.

House Republican leader Ken Fredette said the GOP caucus supports getting back to work, now that the appropriations committee reached an agreement. Fredette said the agreement calls for any Medicaid expansion proposal to be handled separately.

Lawmakers are facing looming deadlines to prevent pay cuts for direct care workers and fund county jails. Lawmakers have until late August to decide the fate of dozens of bonds, including a $100 million transportation bond.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage accused lawmakers of ignoring key issues during the regular session because it's an election year. He also took aim at House Republicans who shut down the state government last summer, saying they "are giving in."