Work Left For State Lawmakers After Tense State Shutdown

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Work isn't over yet for Maine lawmakers after this year's legislative season ended in a theatrical budget squabble and a three-day government shutdown.

Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says lawmakers are relieved after a weekend of tense negotiations centered on proposed lodging tax increase and other demands made by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

LePage is headed into his last year-and-a-half of office and says he'll continue fighting for Mainers.

Lawmakers on the Legislature's appropriations committee are set to return Wednesday to deal with a pile of bills that still need funding.

Priorities include a bill to add eight hours of mental health first aid training to basic training for corrections officers.

Lawmakers will return this fall to discuss marijuana legalization.

Next year, their agenda includes the future of ranked-choice voting.