- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s budget-writing committee has approved nearly $2.5 million in emergency funding for county jails.

The funding proposal was attached to a supplemental budget bill unanimously endorsed by the Appropriations Committee on Friday.

The money would help five county jails that have warned that they will run out of funds before June. The measure allows the commissioner of the Department of Corrections or someone he designates to provide the funds to the jails.

Lawmakers had to come up with a way to bypass the Board of Corrections because Gov. Paul LePage has refused to nominate new members to the board until lawmakers create a new plan for how to run the jail system.

Because the board currently has only two members, it can’t take action and distribute the funds.

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