Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Paul LePage didn't express confidence this morning when asked whether lawmakers would institute the kinds of changes he's seeking in General Assistance.
"Never say die," he said, following a Blaine House bill signing. "But I don't know how confident I am. I just know one thing. If they don't it's at the peril of the state of Maine. The state of Maine will suffer if they don't make some structural changes in this government."
On Saturday, the governor issued a line-item veto of parts of the budget because he doesn't think it made the kinds of structural changes that are necessary. Republican leaders decided last night not to come back into session to consider the vetoes, so they will stand.
Lawmakers return in May to consider a new budget, and LePage is hoping it will make changes to General Assistance, which is funded by the state and municipalities. The money is for emergency assistance, with much of it paying for housing needs. Costs have risen steadily since 2008, and LePage wants to curb spending on the program.Tweet
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