- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine legislative leaders remain far apart on key issues as the June 30 budget deadline approaches.

The Appropriations Committee was expected to work late Wednesday to finalize their recommendations to the full Legislature on a spending plan. But the committee decided not to meet because talks between legislative leaders are ongoing.

Democrats and Senate Republicans announced a tentative budget deal Monday. But House Republicans aren’t on board because it doesn’t include tax cuts or Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed welfare changes.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves says, “Time is running out.” He says lawmakers must send a budget to LePage by June 18 to ensure they have enough time to override an expected veto.

A budget must be in place by the deadline to prevent a government shutdown.

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