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Legislature overturns veto of $32M budget fix

- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Democratic-led Legislature has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill to fix a $32 million gap in the state's $6.3 billion budget.

The House voted 134-12 on Thursday in favor of preserving the funding bill for the fiscal year that starts in July. The Senate followed with a 35-0 vote.

The measure would also provide Medicaid services for hundreds of developmentally disabled Mainers who are currently on waitlists.

LePage criticized lawmakers for using "gimmicks" to keep the budget balanced. He opposed a provision that extends the cycle of Medicaid payments to providers, which is expected to save the state $20 million.

The bill is one of dozens of vetoed bills lawmakers are considering Thursday.

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