AUGUSTA — Maine Democrats are criticizing Gov. Paul LePage for taking a weeklong trip to Jamaica while the legislative session is in its final weeks.

Democrats say the governor leaves today for vacation – his second trip to Jamaica during a legislative session.

This time, he leaves with just a few weeks left in the session while budgets, education, tax and energy issues, and major changes to the Department of Health and Human Services remain unsettled.

Democrats said LePage’s vacations show that he’s out of touch with the needs of regular people. Party Chairman Ben Grant said the governor is leaving as the heat gets turned up.

LePage’s spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, said the vacation is an annual trip for the governor’s family, and that he will be in regular contact and available as needed.