Legislators Voting on New Bipartisan Budget amidst Government Shutdown

Published: Jul. 3, 2017 at 7:39 AM EDT
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As the state government shutdown is entering its third day, the Maine Legislature is voting on a new bipartisan budget.

The latest agreement came after a 5 to 1 vote last night.

The legislative panel negotiating the budget voted to keep a lodging tax increase, but delay implementation by a month, to November.

It also calls for a directive to the legislature to perform a study on property tax payments made by conserved lands, as well as restoring school regionalization funding.

The Governor is closing most state offices today.

This should allow state employees to take administrative leave with pay.